Saturday, August 30, 2014

Featured Appliance: SUSE OpenStack Cloud 4 Admin

OpenStack is an incredibly fast-moving project, deploying a stable release of an entire cloud infrastructure every 6 months!  SUSE recently released SUSE Cloud 4, based on OpenStack Icehouse. Of course, no new SUSE Cloud release would be complete, without Cameron Seader releasing another great Studio appliance.

Check out SUSE OpenStack Cloud 4 Admin, our new Featured Appliance, and read about it on Cam's personal blog, or at SUSE Conversations.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Packman repos: fixed

Hi! Do you have an appliance that used to have RPMs from Packman and stopped building? Check again since we just fixed and issue with old Packman repos which was affecting a small set of appliances.

The issue was that stopped mirroring Packman and some appliances had that mirror configured as a source for RPMs. This issue was affecting appliances that were created long ago based on openSUSE 11.x, when was a valid mirror.

Sorry for the trouble and if you encounter any issue, don't hesitate to contact us.

Enjoy building appliances!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Featured Appliance: SUSE Cloud 3 Admin

Cameron Seader recently published two appliances to help you get started with SUSE Cloud. You can read more about them on his blog.

Bits and Bytes: Quickly Setting-up an OpenStack Cloud with the SUS...: In an effort to make OpenStack available to the non-tech user and appear much less of a heavy lifting project for them, I have created the S...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Featured Appliance: IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Admin

IBM's TSM Admin Appliance allows Tivoli Storage Manager administrators to quickly begin using several powerful tools available for operating, managing and reporting upon their data protection infrastructure. IBM makes several components available for use in administering TSM, but most TSM administrators are not familiar with each of those components which can make installing and configuring them a complicated and arduous task. This appliance, built on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, alleviates those problems by offering the components in a single pre-installed package. Upon first boot, the appliance will prompt the user for information about their network and then go about the process of configuring the different components to operate within their network.

The Administration Appliance Desktop

 The appliance includes the following components:
  • Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center v6.4.1, the next-generation GUI for managing v6.3.4 TSM servers.
TSM Operations Center v6.4.1

  • IBM Tivoli Monitoring for TSM v6.3.4 to allow critical data to be gathered on all TSM servers and automatically summarized and loaded into a Tivoli Data Warehouse database.
ITM for TSM v6.3.4

  • Tivoli Common Reporting for TSM v6.3.4.200 to allow pre-defined and custom reports to be run against the information in the Tivoli Data Warehouse.
Tivoli Common Reporting
  • Tivoli Storage Manager Administration Center v6.3.4.200, the classic GUI interface for managing TSM which includes all v6.3.4 capabilities.

TSM Administration Center

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

openSUSE 13.1 now available on Azure

It took a little time to work out the kinks, but openSUSE 13.1 is now available through Windows Azure, and SUSE Studio is ready to help you upload your own custom virtual machines.

openSUSE 13.1 in the Windows Azure Gallery

13.1 support relies on Azure's heavilty refactored Linux Agent 2.0. and openSUSE's underlying improvements to get your VM online faster than ever before, with all the stability you've come to expect. 13.1 launches in the following regions: East Asia, Southeast Asia. Brazil South. North Europe. West Europe, Japan East, Japan West, Central US, East US, East US 2 and West US.

openSUSE is an officially endorsed Linux distribution on Windows Azure, so you have a few choices on how to get up and running:
  • new VMs can be started from a prebuilt server image of openSUSE, via the Azure Gallery.  This image is built originally in SUSE Studio, and shared in our Gallery as well, so you can see what's inside it. Cloning our Gallery appliance provides a great foundation for customizing your own appliance;
Clone & Remix 13.1 for Azure from Studio's Gallery

  • or, you can start fresh with a 64-bit openSUSE template.  When you choose Azure as the image format, we'll add the Azure Agent, and make the necessary system changes to play nice with the cloud infrastructure.
Building and Azure image

Either way, have a lot of fun!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Coming soon: HTTPS-only on SUSE Studio

One of our biggest responsibilities with SUSE Studio, is to keep our user's data safe.

In order to better meet that responsibility, we're moving towards only allowing HTTPS, and dropping unencrypted HTTP connections.

The first phase involves the appliance builder, gallery, and API, where unencrypted HTTP will be switched off in January 2014.  This represents a significant increase in security on our API, which uses HTTP BASIC authentication, and covers most of Studio's surface area. Unencrypted requests will be redirected to, and from there, logins will only be accepted via HTTPS.

Testdrive will be transitioned to HTTPS at a later date, once we've completed some necessary backend improvements to allow end-to-end SSL from your browser to the appliance being testdriven.

In the meantime, we encourage you to use HTTPS whenever possible, for your own safety.

Update: Studio API is scheduled to be updated to HTTPS-only on Monday, February 3, 2014. Unencrypted HTTP requests will meet status code 301 Moved Permanently.

Update: SUSE Studio's appliance editor, gallery, and API are now HTTPS-only.  If you have any trouble with your session, clear your browser cookies & cache, and log back into .

Testdrives are still served via unencrypted http, for now.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

openSUSE 13.1

Today the openSUSE Team released openSUSE 13.1. The new release provides many bug fixes and polishing, the new OpenStack Havana release and YaST ported to ruby. The complete list of features can be seen in the openSUSE wiki.

You will find new templates for JeOS, Server, Gnome and KDE desktop appliances on the Create appliance page. Once you picked your favored template you can start configuring it in the appliance editor.

As always you can configure, build, testdrive and publish your appliance.

Testdriving openSUSE 13.1 Gnome desktop

Testdriving openSUSE 13.1 KDE desktop

SUSE Cloud integration

openSUSE 13.1 comes with the SUSE Cloud integration option that you might already know from our SUSE Linux Enterprise templates. Read our previous blog post to learn more about SUSE Cloud and SUSE Studio's cloud integration.


We introduced this feature with the last SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP3 release. With 13.1 it will also be available for openSUSE. You can enable UEFI support at the Configuration -> Appliance tab of your appliance. This feature is only available for 64-bit appliances.

Check the Enable support for UEFI secure boot box and Studio will add the required packages and configuration data to your appliance. Note that UEFI enabled images may not boot on non-UEFI hardware.


As usual you can upgrade previous openSUSE versions to the new 13.1 release. At the top bar of the start tab of your appliance you will find the Upgrade button.

If you are not satisfied with the upgrade you can also rollback to your old appliance version. Just click on Undo upgrade at the bottom of the appliance start tab.

Enjoy the new 13.1!
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