Build your own Virtual Machine (VM) template

The introductory entry of our blog indicated that we do not only intend to be announcing releases of VM templates through this blog, but would like to highlight other facets of these templates too, such as how people are using them and how their builds can be automated. Our ultimate goal is to encourage and support people both inside and outside of Sun in building their own VM templates that integrate Sun software.

This entry is the first in a series that's objective is to share our experience with building VM templates. Rather then describing a general approach or process, we would like to share our experience through the specific example of building the Sun Glassfish Web Space Server 10 VM Template that we announced earlier this month. Web Space Server logo

Although we may touch on business or functional aspects of the VM template delivery process, we aim at keeping the focus on its technical aspects. There are 3 technical areas that we will talk about.

Part 1: Technical design

Part 2: Assembly process at a glance

Part 3: Assembly process in detail

The process as we describe it is going to be manual (no build automation used). Anyone technically skilled on Unix-like systems should be able to follow it and create her or his own VM templates, hopefully. We are considering to start another category of entries to share knowledge and experience about VM template build automation that should complement this series.

We would be happy to hear from you. Knowing about images that you build or about experience you make can help us enriching the catalog of application VM templates we build and improve our own knowledge and approaches. We are in process of migrating our current collaboration wiki to a new place with a new structure. Please, use the comment functionality of this blog to provide feedback until we are done with the migration.

Find the second entry in the series here.

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