Instructions for spooling up an instance

Mauricio Tavares raubvogel at
Fri Jul 19 17:44:41 UTC 2019

      Thanks for all the info. Replying inline

On Wed, Jul 17, 2019 at 4:47 PM Jeremy Stanley <fungi at> wrote:
> On 2019-07-17 12:48:53 -0700 (-0700), Clark Boylan wrote:
> [...]
> > With your image build you can preinstall all of the software you
> > need (and configure it too). You can also configure disk
> > partitioning. The tool the OpenDev Infra team uses this for all of
> > our test node images and some of our control plane images is
> > called diskimage-builder [0]. This tool can partition images using
> > both mbr and gpt tables.
> [...]

      Thank you for the info on diskimage-builder. From what I
understood in,
its output is a partitoned disk image configured whatever way you
want, which can then be fed to "openstack server create." After that
it is a matter of installing the OS as you would in Correct me
if I am wrong but that means customization done before OS is installed
required separate images. Stuff like adding network cards can be
customized because even adding the card itself can be done at any

I think I now understand that.

> I gather there's another popular alternative, which is to boot a
> server instance with an ISO of an operating system installer image
> attached, use that to configure the supplied root disk and install
> software into it, then shut that down and create a snapshot of the
> resulting instance's rootfs to boot additional instances from. It's
> a more traditional analog to how you'd do server installation in
> classic non-cloudy environments, but some folks still seem to prefer
> it over creating images of fully-working servers and then uploading
> those. That said, I'd recommend sticking to using/modifying
> officially provided "cloud" images from the distros you want since
> they do some useful things like wiping system identifiers and host
> keys so that they're regenerated independently on each new instance
> booted from them (if you don't remember to do that on your custom
> images you can run afoul of support licensing contracts or create
> unnecessary security risks).
> --
> Jeremy Stanley

      I think the merit of having a secure barebones image and then
using the usual suspects -- ansible, chef -- to install and configure
packages cuts down on how many images you have to keep current on the
hard drive. They can force server keys if needed. Having customized
images with some software installed and configured will lead to faster
deployment, however.

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