What is image.XO?
The Image Management module is an extended implementation of Hashicorp´s Packer and enables administrators to create standardized consistent images across multiple platforms.
The main benefit of image.XO is that you do not need to write JSON based configurations. Everything is done with a simple to use frontend.
With image.XO you have a modern and automated tool at your fingertips that let´s you use your custom installation scripts and extends the Packer implementation through the following features:
- Create Provisioner Groups
- Create Provisioner Roles
- Use PowerShell DSC configurations during image build (hosted and standalone, with config.XO)
- Use PowerShell AppDeployment Toolkit Packages, Groups and Roles (with application.XO)
- Continuous Delivery
- DEV/ACC/PRD alignment
- Demo creation
- Golden Images
Why should I use an automated image management process?
Manual image installations are error prone and cost a lot of time. They even do not fulfill any standards of documentation because in most cases there is none.
It allows you to launch completely provisioned and configured machines in minutes. repeatedly, consistent. Create different images for development, acceptance or production environments, or use one for all stages. Define pre-baked developmer images or use it in Citrix environments to create golden images.
Because it creates identical images for multiple platforms, you can run production in AWS, staging/QA in a private cloud like OpenStack, and development in desktop virtualization solutions such as VMware or VirtualBox.
It installs and configures all the software for a machine at the time the image is built. If there are bugs in these scripts, they’ll be caught early, rather than in production.
Implement Pester scripts (or similar) to test your machines against a defined state.
Public Cloud support
Currently we are supporting the following public cloud providers:
We are supporting Amazon AWS with EBS volumes.
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2019
Ubuntu 18.04 Server
Ubuntu 16.04 Server
CentOS 7 Server
CentOS 6 Server
Check our Roadmap
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