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Error no PCI slots when adding disks to KVM guest

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 3 (SLES 12 SP3)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15


The customer successfully added 26 disks using the command below, but encountered an error when attempting to add the 27th disk.
kvm-host:~ # virsh attach-disk kvm-guest /dev/disk/by-id/dm-uuid-mpath-360000970000298701039736551233146  vdq --cache=none --persistent
error: Failed to attach disk
error: internal error: No more available PCI slots

kvm-host:~ # virsh dumpxml kvm-guest | grep -i pci-bridge


Add a PCI Bridge definition to the kvm-guest. The following example assumes a KVM guest with a guest ID of kvm-guest already exists.

1. Power off the kvm-guest and dump the kvm-guest configuration file to kvm-guest.xml.
kvm-host:~ # virsh shutdown kvm-guest
kvm-host:~ # virsh dumpxml kvm-guest > kvm-guest.xml

2. In the <devices> section add the following to the kvm-guest.xml configuration file and save the changes:
    <controller type='pci' model='pci-bridge'/>

3. Import the edits to kvm-guest
kvm-host:~ # virsh define kvm-guest.xml
Domain kvm-guest defined from kvm-guest.xml

4. Add the remaining disks with virsh attach-disk.


The PCI bus for pc-i440fx machines has 31 slots, some of which are used by other devices. Each virtio-blk device takes up a PCI slot, so 26 is about the max. You can plug a PCI bridge into one of the slots, giving another 31 slots, which increases the number of virtio-blk devices that can be plugged.

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  • Document ID:7023670
  • Creation Date: 24-Jan-2019
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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