Monday, December 15, 2014

openSUSE 13.2 templates released

Today we released new templates for openSUSE 13.2.

openSUSE 13.2 includes a couple of bug fixes and improvements, some bigger cleanups of YaST as well as the integration of wicked, which replaces old ifup scripts that were used in the past to configure network, and dracut, which replaces mkinitrd. A complete list of features can be found in the openSUSE wiki.

Templates for JeOS, Server, Gnome and KDE desktop appliances for 13.2 can be found on the Create appliance page. Once you picked your favored template you can start configuring it in the appliance editor.

And this is how it looks like in testdrive:

Testdriving openSUSE 13.2 Gnome desktop appliance

Testdriving openSUSE 13.2 KDE desktop appliance

Upgrade path

As usual we are going to provide an upgrade path that smoothens the process of upgrading existing 13.1 appliances to 13.2. We are working on this feature right now and look forward to release it soon.

Have fun

Update (Dez 29 16:42:21 UTC): Upgrade path to openSUSE 13.2 got released. You can now upgrade your old openSUSE appliances to 13.2!

Monday, November 3, 2014

SLE12 is here! (technology preview)

Be advised that SLE12 support on SUSE Studio is a technology preview.

Just a few days after the SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 release, you can create SLE12 appliances with SUSE Studio as you have been creating them for the SLE11 series or the openSUSE versions.

New products based on SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 feature enhancements that more readily enable system uptime, improve operational efficiency and accelerate innovation:
  • New core technologies like systemd (replacing the time honored System V based init process) and wicked (introducing a modern, dynamic network configuration infrastructure).
  • The open source database system MariaDB is fully supported now.
  • Support for the open-vm-tools together with VMware for better integration into VMware based hypervisor environments.
  • Linux Containers are integrated into the virtualization management infrastructure (lib-virt).
  • Docker is provided as a technology preview.
  • GNOME 3.10 (or just GNOME 3), giving users a modern desktop environment.
  • Integration with the new SUSE Customer Center, SUSE's central web portal to manage Subscriptions, Entitlements, and provide access to Support.
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 includes infrastructure for a live kernel patching technology delivered through SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching.
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Modules offer a choice of supplemental packages, ranging from tools for Web Development and Scripting, through a Cloud Management module, technically delivered as extra repositories.
 Just choose one the SLE12 ready templates and start creating your SLE12 based product.

Do you already have a SLE11SP3 appliance? Click on the Upgrade button and convert that to a SLE12 based appliance.

Remember this is a Technology Preview. Currently, building Azure or ec2 images is not possible.


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!
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