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openstack-manuals/doc/image-guide/source/create-images-manually.rst

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Create images manually

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Creating a new image is a step done outside of your OpenStack installation. You create the new image manually on your own system and then upload the image to your cloud.

To create a new image, you will need the installation CD or DVD ISO file for the guest operating system. You will also need access to a virtualization tool. You can use KVM for this. Or, if you have a GUI desktop virtualization tool (such as, VMware Fusion or VirtualBox), you can use that instead. Convert the file to raw once you are done.

When you create a new virtual machine image, you will need to connect to the graphical console of the hypervisor, which acts as the virtual machine's display and allows you to interact with the guest operating system's installer using your keyboard and mouse. KVM can expose the graphical console using the VNC (Virtual Network Computing) protocol or the newer SPICE protocol. We will use the VNC protocol here, since you are more likely to find a VNC client that works on your local desktop.

To create an image for the Database service, see Building Guest Images for OpenStack Trove.