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What is the best tool to create a base image for OpenStack?

asked 2013-04-03 11:46:39 -0500

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I have created RHEL base VM for openstack using virt-manager but its throwing error after adding it to OpenStack. The isnstance is not booting properly ... getting kernel panic error. What tools are recommended to create Base VM for Openstack?

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answered 2013-04-04 16:36:12 -0500

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updated 2013-04-04 16:36:52 -0500

The docs have a long list of tools at http://docs.openstack.org/trunk/openstack-compute/admin/content/tool-support-creating-new-images.html. Best depends on your situation.

Oz (KVM)

Oz is a command-line tool that has the ability to create images for common Linux distributions. Rackspace Cloud Builders uses Oz to create virtual machines, see rackerjoe/oz-image-build on Github for their Oz templates. For an example from the Fedora Project wiki, see Building an image with Oz.

VMBuilder (KVM, Xen)

VMBuilder can be used to create virtual machine images for different hypervisors.

The Ubuntu 12.04 server guide has documentation on how to use VMBuilder.

BoxGrinder (KVM, Xen, VMWare)

BoxGrinder is another tool for creating virtual machine images, which it calls appliances. BoxGrinder can create Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or CentOS images. BoxGrinder is currently only supported on Fedora.

VeeWee (KVM)

VeeWee is often used to build Vagrant boxes, but it can also be used to build KVM images.

See the doc/definition.md and doc/template.md VeeWee documentation files for more details.

imagefactory

imagefactory is a new tool from the Aeolus project designed to automate the building, converting, and uploading images to different cloud providers. It includes support for OpenStack-based clouds.

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answered 2013-04-03 15:20:50 -0500

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I'd recommend using the oz tool. RedHat support it and it works pretty much as documented.

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answered 2013-07-22 22:38:35 -0500

WangDong gravatar image

I use disk image builder to make an image,but I can not find it in the /tmp ,can you help me ? Thank you very much.

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answered 2013-04-08 19:37:06 -0500

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BoxGrinder works surprisingly well. We use it to crank out images on a quarterly basis.

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answered 2017-01-09 17:15:55 -0500

Joel B gravatar image

Since this thread hasn't seen any activity in a while, can a recommend a more recent tool:

https://www.packer.io/docs/builders/openstack.html (Packer)

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answered 2013-04-03 17:42:19 -0500

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I made a script that has been confirmed to a place that can be used in OpenStack. Please use it when you have time. github.com/hagix9/hagistack/blob/master/makeimg/makeimg_centos6.4.sh

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