Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Deploy to EC2 from SUSE Gallery

It's almost been a year since we launched our EC2 management page which allows for uploading your appliances to the Amazon cloud. We are constantly improving and extending it, but up to now it has been lacking integration with SUSE Gallery.

If you wanted to run an appliance from Gallery in EC2 you had to clone and build an EC2 image of it first. In order to improve this workflow we came up with this:

Notice the new "Upload to EC2" button in the cloud section? It will directly take you to the EC2 management page where you can start uploading this appliance right away. Now we have a nice shortcut which renders the old way of cloning and building it first redundant.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Hyper-V appliances are GO!

Here at SUSE Studio, we strive to support the widest range of formats, both physical and virtual, so you can be assured that your Studio-built appliance will work wherever you need it.  To that end, we've added support for building the Virtual Hard Drive format, for use with Microsoft® Hyper-V® Server.

The VHD format will be initially available as an experimental feature - you can sign up via your (recently updated) account page.  With those features enabled, you will be able to build VHD images for both SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP1 and openSUSE 12.1.  For SUSE Linux Enterprise, when you enable the VHD format on the Build tab, you will be prompted to add a couple of extra packages (this isn't necessary for openSUSE 12.1; everything you need is already in the kernel).

As a little bonus, we're packing VHD files into .zip archives, instead of our usual .tar.gz, so Windows can open them without any additional software.

Update - 8 Feb 2013

It's been a while since we enabled Hyper-V images as an experimental feature, and now its time to change that.  Hyper-V images are now available to all our users, not just the experimental types ;)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Manage your appliances using SUSE Manager

If you use appliances built by SUSE Studio in server environments, you probably know that you need to monitor them, update their configuration, deploy security fixes, etc. In short, you need to  manage them. SUSE offers a product that helps exactly with these tasks — SUSE Manager — and SUSE Studio now offers a simple way to manage your SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP1 appliances using it.

To use the new SUSE Manager integration, simply visit your appliance configuration and select Configuration → Appliance, then select the Integrate with SUSE Manger checkbox. Fill in the hostname or IP address of your SUSE Manager server and the name of a bootstrap script that will be used inside your appliance.

When booting your appliance for the first time, it will automatically download and run the bootstrap script, registering your appliance with SUSE Manager. Afterward, you can manage the appliance like any other system.

Learn more about SUSE Manager by watching videos, reading its documentation, or simply trying the free evaluation version.
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