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From Tim Mackey <>
Subject Re: Packer and CloudStack
Date Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:58:57 GMT

Take a look at this:  I updated it
last week for the changes in Packer 0.8.6, and have tested it with
XenServer 6.2 and 6.5.  Here are the things you might want to know which
I've not updated in the README.MD:

- There are two builders, xenserver-iso and xenserver-vm.  xenserver-iso
creates an artifact from an ISO (requires a XenServer ISO SR and will
automatically download the ISO if not present).  xenserver-vm creates an
artifact from a pre-existing VM which could be running.  Both builders
assume an NFS SR is present (by-product of a limitation in an earlier
implementation).  I plan on removing that requirement next week.
- Any provisioners you wish to define will work, provided they use the SSH
communicator.  I'm still working on the WinRM communicator
- There is a cloudstack-xenserver post-processor which will upload the VHD
artifact to your CloudStack instance.  It only requires API access.  If the
CloudStack instance is remote, tell the post-processor to compress,
otherwise leave it uncompressed (faster)

If you run into problems or have questions, just ask, and I do accept pull
requests.  Since this is your first time with this project, I'm very
interested in any "first use" problems such that the README can be updated.


On Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 8:30 AM, Hany Fahim <> wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> I’m currently looking into adopting Packer <> to build
> images for CloudStack easily. I’ve been looking in packer-cloudstack
> <> plugin, but
> unfortunately there have been some backwards incompatible changes made to
> Packer that prevents this plugin from working. We do not have direct access
> to the CloudStack installation we’re working with, and only have the API
> available to us.
> I’d like to ask the community if anyone else has got Packer to work in some
> form with CloudStack? At the very least, we’re looking for a way for Packer
> to produce VHD images that can be imported into CloudStack manually.
> Any help would be appreciated.
> ​
> ----
> Hany Fahim
> VM Farms
> 1-866-278-0021 x700
> Twitter: @vmfarms

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