Rebuild placement DB


You have somehow changed a nova cell database and the compute_nodes table entries are now reporting different uuids to the placement service but placement already has resource_providers table entries with the same names as those computes so the resource providers in placement and the compute nodes in the nova database are not synchronized. Maybe this happens as a result of restoring the nova cell database from a backup where the compute hosts have not changed but they are using different uuids.

Nova reports compute node inventory to placement using the hypervisor_hostname and uuid of the compute_nodes table to the placement resource_providers table, which has a unique constraint on the name (hostname in this case) and uuid. Trying to create a new resource provider with a new uuid but the same name as an existing provider results in a 409 error from placement, such as in bug 1817833.



This is likely a last resort when all computes and resource providers are not synchronized and it is simpler to just rebuild the placement database from the current state of nova. This may, however, not work when using placement for more advanced features such as ports with minimum bandwidth guarantees or accelerators. Obviously testing first in a pre-production environment is ideal.

These are the steps at a high level:

  1. Make a backup of the existing placement database in case these steps fail and you need to start over.

  2. Recreate the placement database and run the schema migrations to initialize the placement database.

  3. Either restart or wait for the update_resources_interval on the nova-compute services to report resource providers and their inventory to placement.

  4. Run the nova-manage placement heal_allocations command to report allocations to placement for the existing instances in nova.

  5. Run the nova-manage placement sync_aggregates command to synchronize nova host aggregates to placement resource provider aggregates.

Once complete, test your deployment as usual, e.g. running Tempest integration and/or Rally tests, creating, migrating and deleting a server, etc.