Image Definition Template 2.2
This page describes how to define a new image template. An image template follows the same syntax as the VM template.
If you want to learn more about the image repository, you can do so here.
The following attributes can be defined in the template.
|Attribute||M / O||Value||Description|
|NAME||Mandatory||Any string||Name that the Image will get. Every image must have a unique name.|
|DESCRIPTION||Optional||Any string||Human readable description of the image for other users.|
|TYPE||Optional|| || Type of the image, explained in detail in the following section. If omitted, the default value is the one defined in oned.conf (install default is
|PUBLIC||Optional|| || Public scope of the image. If omitted, the default value is
|PERSISTENT||Optional|| || Persistence of the image. If omitted, the default value is
|DEV_PREFIX||Optional||Any string||Prefix for the emulated device this image will be mounted at. For instance, “hd”, “sd”. If omitted, the default value is the one defined in oned.conf (installation default is “hd”).|
|BUS||Optional|| ||Type of disk device to emulate.|
|PATH||Mandatory (if no SOURCE)||Any string||Path to the original file that will be copied to the image repository. If not specified for a DATABLOCK type image, an empty image will be created.|
|SOURCE||Mandatory (if no PATH)||Any string||Source to be used in the DISK attribute. Useful for not file-based images.|
Mandatory attributes for
DATABLOCK images with no
|SIZE||An integer||Size in MB.|
|FSTYPE||String|| Type of file system to be built. This can be any value understood by
Example of an OS image:
NAME = "Ubuntu Web Development" PATH = /home/one_user/images/ubuntu_desktop.img PUBLIC = YES DESCRIPTION = "Ubuntu 10.04 desktop for Web Development students. Contains the pdf lessons and exercises as well as all the necessary programming tools and testing frameworks."
Example of a CDROM image:
NAME = "MATLAB install CD" TYPE = CDROM PATH = /home/one_user/images/matlab.iso DESCRIPTION = "Contains the MATLAB installation files. Mount it to install MATLAB on new OS images."
Example of a DATABLOCK image:
NAME = "Experiment results" TYPE = DATABLOCK # No PATH set, this image will start as a new empty disk SIZE = 2048 FSTYPE = ext3 PUBLIC = NO DESCRIPTION = "Storage for my Thesis experiments."
This section is relevant for developers who want to submit image templates directly to the OpenNebula Core using one of our OCA bindings or XML-RPC interface.
The actual file copy, or creation, is performed by the
oneimage command. The core will only request the
NAME attribute as mandatory.
When a new image template is allocated, the core will insert the image in the system in
DISABLED state. The developer has to request the extended information for the new image, and copy (or create) the file to the
SOURCE attribute (added by the core). After the file is copied (or created), the image has to be enabled.