The isolating nature of namespaces means that users cannot by default clone resources between namespaces.

To enable a user to clone a virtual machine to another namespace, a user with the cluster-admin role must create a new cluster role. Bind this cluster role to a user to enable them to clone virtual machines to the destination namespace.

Prerequisites

  • Only a user with the cluster-admin role can create cluster roles.

About data volumes

DataVolume objects are custom resources that are provided by the Containerized Data Importer (CDI) project. Data volumes orchestrate import, clone, and upload operations that are associated with an underlying persistent volume claim (PVC). Data volumes are integrated with OpenShift Virtualization, and they prevent a virtual machine from being started before the PVC has been prepared.

Creating RBAC resources for cloning data volumes

Create a new cluster role that enables permissions for all actions for the datavolumes resource.

Procedure
  1. Create a ClusterRole manifest:

    apiVersion: rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1
    kind: ClusterRole
    metadata:
      name: <datavolume-cloner> (1)
    rules:
    - apiGroups: ["cdi.kubevirt.io"]
      resources: ["datavolumes/source"]
      verbs: ["*"]
    1 Unique name for the cluster role.
  2. Create the cluster role in the cluster:

    $ oc create -f <datavolume-cloner.yaml> (1)
    1 The file name of the ClusterRole manifest created in the previous step.
  3. Create a RoleBinding manifest that applies to both the source and destination namespaces and references the cluster role created in the previous step.

    apiVersion: rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1
    kind: RoleBinding
    metadata:
      name: <allow-clone-to-user> (1)
      namespace: <Source namespace> (2)
    subjects:
    - kind: ServiceAccount
      name: default
      namespace: <Destination namespace> (3)
    roleRef:
      kind: ClusterRole
      name: datavolume-cloner (4)
      apiGroup: rbac.authorization.k8s.io
    1 Unique name for the role binding.
    2 The namespace for the source data volume.
    3 The namespace to which the data volume is cloned.
    4 The name of the cluster role created in the previous step.
  4. Create the role binding in the cluster:

    $ oc create -f <datavolume-cloner.yaml> (1)
    1 The file name of the RoleBinding manifest created in the previous step.