Prepare Images from Scratch in Platform9 vCenter Environment with cloud-init

Cloud-init has emerged to the be de-facto multi-distribution package that handles early initialization of a cloud instance. For more information on cloud-init, refer here:

This tutorial describes the steps to prepare Ubuntu and Centos images with cloud-init in Platform9 vSphere environment.

Step 1: Download iso

Download the iso for the preferred operating system from the links below.

Step 2: Upload iso to datastore

Upload the iso to vSphere datastore using the Datastore browser. Note the location to use it in next step.

Step 3:  Connect VM to datastore iso

Create a Virtual Machine and edit VM settings before completion. Edit the CD ROM to point to the uploaded iso from Step 2. Check the option for connecting it at power on.

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Step 4: Power on VM and install OS

Power on the VM and follow the steps for installation. Install vmware tools.

Step 5:  Install the Platform9 Cloud-init Package

  • Ubuntu:
    apt-get install cloud-init
  • Centos:
    yum install cloud-init

Step 6: Create an  image 

  • Power off the VM
  • Remove NIC and CD ROMs attached to the VM
  • Image can be created as a template or as a vmdk
  • Template:
    Convert the VM to a template and save it on a datastore that is authorized for Platform9 nova compute. The template will be available for provisioning in 10 mins.
  • vmdk:
    Download the VM’s vmdk from the datastore and upload it to glance as an image using glance command line client.

Optional – Download and deploy Prebuilt Images

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  • Prebuilt images are available in your Platform9 UI under Images -> Download Prebuiltimages.
  • The prebuilt images are available in 2 formats, OVA and vmdk.
  • The vmdk can be added to Platform9 images by uploading it using glance command line client.
  • The OVA can be deployed to vCenter using “Deploy OVF template” option. Once deployed, it can be converted into template or the VM’s vmdk can be uploaded to glance.

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