[Libguestfs] Introducing snf-image-creator

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at redhat.com
Thu Oct 2 20:39:36 UTC 2014

On Thu, Oct 02, 2014 at 02:46:59PM +0300, Nikos Skalkotos wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'd like to introduce to you snf-image-creator, an OS image creation
> tool that makes heavy use of libguestfs. We have been developing it for
> almost 3 years and use it with the Synnefo[1] open source IaaS cloud
> software and also with Google's Ganeti[2] cluster management software.
> However it is completely independent from the above solutions and can be
> used as a generic image creation tool too.
> It comes in two variants:
>  * snf-image-creator: A user-friendly dialog-based program
>  * snf-mkimage: A non-interactive command-line program
> Unlike Oz, it takes as input, media that represents a hard disk (a block
> device, an image file or the host system itself) with an installed OS on
> it. It snapshots the hard disk, performs various cleanup tasks on the
> snapshot (like virt-sysprep), shrinks the snapshot and finally dumps the
> final prepared image on a local file or uploads and registers it with a
> Synnefo deployment. It can fully operate on Linux, Windows and FreeBSD
> input media. On Windows it can automatically install the needed VirtIO
> drivers and perform sysprep. It can also be used to create an image out
> of the Linux host system itself (host bundling process).
> The documentation page is here:
> https://www.synnefo.org/docs/snf-image-creator/latest/index.html
> Our code is hosted on github:
> https://github.com/grnet/snf-image-creator

This is very interesting -- particularly all the different operations
you can do to Windows guests.



> It is still under active development but it's pretty stable. We 've been
> using it to provide the official images for our IaaS public cloud for at
> least 2 years.
> Your feedback is more than welcome!
> On behalf of the Synnefo development team,
> Nikos
> [1] https://www.synnefo.org/
> [2] https://code.google.com/p/ganeti/
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