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Deploying Linux images can be fun!



By: joachimwerner

April 20, 2012 9:12 pm

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In my first post on integration between SUSE Manager and SUSE Studio, I promised to post more screenshots as soon as the image deployment feature was available. That time has come so here we go.

This is a guest contribution by Johannes Renner, one of the developers in our SUSE Manager team:

“You already know that it’s possible to use SUSE Studio for creating Linux images that will automatically register with SUSE Manager once deployed to a virtual host and booted for the first time.

From now on you can make use of this feature in a much more convenient way. The final piece of the integration between the two SUSE products is now included with the latest update for SUSE Manager.

Starting up a new virtual system using SUSE Manager can now be simplified to the following steps:

  1. Choose the image from a list
  2. Specify deployment parameters
  3. Go for it

After feeding SUSE Manager with API credentials for SUSE Studio, the list of available images is accessible via the Virtualization tab of any registered virtual host system:

Selecting SUSE Studio images from SUSE Manager

Selecting SUSE Studio images from SUSE Manager

Of course it will work with your company’s internal Studio Onsite installation as well. At the moment, XEN as well as KVM based virtual host systems and images are supported.

Choosing one of the images will bring up a form for passing parameters to the actual image deployment. Here it is possible to specify the number of CPUs, amount of memory and the name of the bridge device that should be used for networking.

In case the image store is not reachable from the virtual host machine using HTTP, it is possible to optionally configure an HTTP proxy that should be used for downloading the image file as well as proxy authentication details.

SUSE Manager image deployment dialog

The SUSE Manager image deployment dialog

After the deployment is scheduled, the virtualization host will boot up the new virtual guest machine as soon as it talks with SUSE Manager. If the image was prepared to register itself, it will even immediately show up as a registered system.

Of course we are not satisfied.  We will continue to deliver more new features to even better integrate our products. For example, future plans include adding support for choosing from publicly available images in SUSE Gallery, too.”

This is Joachim Werner blogging live from SUSE in Nuremberg. Thanks to Johannes Renner, the author of today’s guest contribution and of the code that makes deploying SUSE Studio images into the datacenter easier than ever before.

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Disclaimer: As with everything else at SUSE Conversations, this content is definitely not supported by SUSE (so don't even think of calling Support if you try something and it blows up).  It was contributed by a community member and is published "as is." It seems to have worked for at least one person, and might work for you. But please be sure to test, test, test before you do anything drastic with it.

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