Help:Adding Disk Space to Cloud VPS instances

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Overview

This page explains how to add additional disk space to your Cloud VPS instance.

Storage quota on Cloud VPS instances

Cloud VPS instances have a maximum storage quota based on the size of the instance. By default only 20G of the allowed quota is allocated to the instance as the / volume.

The additional space is allocated to /srv. If you already have content in /srv, it will be hidden by the new mount.

Back up your content before proceeding, or see recovery instructions below.

Adding space as a second volume

The additional space can be added to the instance as a separate logical volume. The easiest way to do this is by enabling the role::labs::lvm::srv Puppet role.


If you have Horizon puppet set to 'yaml mode' (the default):

  1. go to https://horizon.wikimedia.org/project/ ;
  2. set "your project" in the project filter;
  3. find the instance you want to change the in the table below that;
  4. click on the Puppet Configuration tab to get to the Puppet management screen for that instance;
  5. Add a new line with "role::labs::lvm::srv" to the "Puppet Classes" field
  6. wait for the Puppet job to run, OR connect to the instance and run sudo puppet agent --test --verbose.


If you have Horizon puppet set to 'guided mode':

  1. go to https://horizon.wikimedia.org/project/ ;
  2. set "your project" in the project filter;
  3. find the instance you want to change the in the table below that;
  4. click on the Puppet Configuration tab to get to the Puppet management screen for that instance;
  5. in the row for role::labs::lvm::srv, click on the Apply Class button;
  6. in the pop-up, click on the Apply;
  7. wait for the Puppet job to run, OR connect to the instance and run sudo puppet agent --test --verbose.

After the Puppet run completes you should see a new volume mounted at /srv. The size of this volume will depend on the amount of remaining quota for your instance.

Mind the /srv. directory will be owned by root., and this will be enforced by puppet. /srv. is a directory for a collection of local content. Best practice is to create subdirectories for each individual service and give permissions to project members appropriately.

Moving old /srv data to new volume

If you only realized that you need more space after you have put things in the /srv directory of the root partition, follow these basic steps to move that data to the new volume:

  1. Add the new volume as shown above
  2. Run mount and make sure the volume is mounted. If it is not force another puppet run.
  3. Run sudo -s to get a root shell. This will make the next steps easier.
  4. puppet agent --disable 'Moving data from /srv to new volume'
  5. umount /srv
  6. mount /dev/mapper/vd-second--local--disk /mnt
  7. Copy data from /srv to /mnt with cd /srv; tar cf - . | (cd /mnt; tar xpvf -)
  8. Verify that /mnt now has the expected data.
  9. Remove old data from /srv with cd /srv; rm -rf *
  10. cd; umount /mnt
  11. mount /dev/mapper/vd-second--local--disk /srv
  12. Verify that mount worked with mount and by examining /srv
  13. puppet agent --enable
  14. puppet agent --test --verbose to make sure things stay as expected

Resize root partition

See Help:Resize root partition for an explanation of how to attempt to resize the / volume for an existing instance.

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