Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New SLES for VMware templates

Some of you might have noticed the introduction of the "SLES for VMware" templates in SUSE Studio several weeks ago. These templates allow you to create specialized server appliances that are optimized to run on VMware vSphere. If you have an active vSphere subscription, you can get an entitlement to receive patches and updates directly from VMware. Support is available by VMware, too.

VMware templates are based on Novell's SLES-for-VMware repositories which are similiar to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP 1, but tailored to run on VMware vSphere. Some of the packages which are part of SLES11 SP1 are removed for the SLES-for-VMware repositories, mainly Xen and KVM related. Other packages were branded by VMware, those are mainly theming packages for grub, KDE and Gnome.

To create your own SLES for VMware appliance, go to the "Create new appliance" page and select the SLES-for-VMware template. Besides the ability to add custom logo and background images, you will find most of the well-known options to configure your appliance with SUSE Studio.

Customize your appliance as you would do on any other appliance made with SUSE Studio and click the "Build". Only two build formats are available: OVF and VMDK.

Visit VMware homepage to get more information about SUSE Linux Enterprise for VMware. You can also read the SLES for VMware FAQ or ask via the usual channels (forum, mailing list).

Monday, February 21, 2011

Public openSUSE 11.3 AMIs

We've been receiving a lot of very positive feedback since we added Amazon EC2 support in SUSE Studio, so I'd just like to take a moment to thank everyone for their support!

Feature requests keep coming in, but one in particular stands out due to its popularity -- the ability to create openSUSE EBS AMIs. This is especially useful as Amazon's free usage tier does not support instance-store backed AMIs (which we already support in Studio for openSUSE).

So after some nudging from one of our users, Thomps, I did some hacking over the weekend and added openSUSE EBS support in the create_ebs_ami.sh script (which is by the way, open-source and available on Github). This will be merged into Studio soon.

While working on this, I noticed that there aren't any official public openSUSE AMIs out there, so I created  some with SUSE Studio (32 bit64 bit). The full list of public openSUSE 11.3 AMIs are listed in the table below.

Region Type Arch AMI ID
US East (Virginia) EBS i386 ami-acc83bc5
US East (Virginia) EBS x86_64 ami-00c83b69
US East (Virginia) S3 i386 ami-d8cf3cb1
US East (Virginia) S3 x86_64 ami-92cf3cfb
US West (N. California) EBS i386 ami-b7c090f2
US West (N. California) EBS x86_64 ami-a1c090e4
US West (N. California) S3 i386 ami-61c19124
US West (N. California) S3 x86_64 ami-77c19132
EU West (Ireland) EBS i386 ami-83dde9f7
EU West (Ireland) EBS x86_64 ami-93dde9e7
EU West (Ireland) S3 i386 ami-27deea53
EU West (Ireland) S3 x86_64 ami-19deea6d
Asia Pacific (Singapore) EBS i386 ami-bef886ec
Asia Pacific (Singapore) EBS x86_64 ami-8ef886dc
Asia Pacific (Singapore) S3 i386 ami-54f98706
Asia Pacific (Singapore) S3 x86_64 ami-5cf9870e
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) EBS i386 ami-b61bb0b7
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) EBS x86_64 ami-ba1bb0bb
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) S3 i386 ami-b41bb0b5
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) S3 x86_64 ami-a61bb0a7
List of public openSUSE 11.3 AMIs. S3 = instance-store.

With Amazon's free usage tier, you can run these openSUSE EBS AMIs completely free for the first 750 hours!

Copy and paste the appropriate AMI IDs here into your Amazon Management Console, or simply search for it there by selecting "Public Images" and "OpenSUSE". If you only want to run the AMIs from us, look out for the owner "720220196365".

We will also be releasing public openSUSE 11.4 AMIs when openSUSE 11.4 is released (10 March 2011), so stay tuned!

Update (Mar 5 16:49 CET): Added AMIs for new Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region.

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