Images #

This area shows the configured images in your account.

Image creation process #

The image is the last step in the Image Management creation process that typically starts from the ground upwards. The process is as follows:

  1. Add resources (e.g. PowerShell scripts, installation and configuration files)
  2. Assign these resources to provisioners
  3. Create groups from provisioners (e.g. Baseline configuration)
  4. Create roles out of multiple groups (e.g. Citrix Server VDA or Web Server)
  5. Create an operating system configuration item (e.g. Windows Server 2019 x64 in English)
  6. Define a builder (e.g. build the image on AWS in eu-central-1 on a m5.xlarge instance)
  7. Put everything together to create an image template that can be used in the next step to provision your infrastructure

Data table functions in images #

1. Select Column Function: Depending on the information needed, you can select the columns you want to be shown. The view of columns can be always changed.

2. Data Export: You can export the data from the spreadsheet either as CSV, XLS file or only by a specific selection.

3. Spreadsheet Columns Function: By clicking on the Arrow you can choose to show data either from latest to newest or vice versa. Moreover by selecting the Funnel you can filter according to further criteria.

4. Clear Function: This button allows to clear all filters which you have set before.

5. Search Function: Filter the entire data table for specific keywords.

Table view #

The Images table view contains the following information:

  • Name of the images defined by a user
  • Operating System (OS) and OS Description that should be used for the image creation
  • Role which is attached to the image
  • Builder that is assigned to the image
  • Creation Date and general Description of the image
  • Base, if existent, which is the image that should be used to create new ones from
  • The latest supported version of Packer that was used to create the images

Columns can be expanded and minimized via drop-down menu as needed.

Action menu #

Click on the button to get more information and options to choose from:

  • Run to start the image building process as configured on the images
  • Show runs of the already created images and the corresponding log file:
  • Delete all created images in the configured destination

Add images #

Navigate to the Images Section underneath the Image Management overview and click on +.

A new window opens, where you need to insert a Name for the image. For the name, a maximum of 70 alphanumerical characters is allowed. – and _ are allowed too, but not at the beginning or the end. Then add a Description and choose from the drop-down menu how the image should be configured. You can choose from an already created base images or create a new one from scratch.

If a base image has not been created before this option is not available. Currently it is not possible to use the latest version of Packer because of dependencies with the Windows Update Provisioner.

When you are done click on Save.

You should now see your newly created image.

Now click on the Action Menu and choose Run.

This will start the image building process, and you can track its status.

Run images #

Navigate to the Images Section, click on the Action Menu and choose Run.

You can check the status of the current runs by clicking on the Runs button in the upper right corner

In the flyout you can see the status of the current runs. If necessary, you can stop the runs and check the log files.

Images that finished will be removed within 5 minutes from the fly out. You can check all past runs by clicking on the action menu and choose Show Runs.

Remove images #

Navigate to the Images Section, click on the Action Menu and choose Delete.

This will delete all image artifacts from all past runs from your cloud account.

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