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Packer by HashiCorp : First Steps

A few days ago I wrote about some Vagrant Box Drama I was having. Martin Bach replied saying I should build my own Vagrant boxes. I’ve built Vagrant boxes manually before, as shown here.

The manual process is just boring, so I’ve tended to use other people’s Vagrant boxes, like “bento/oracle-8”, but then you are at the mercy of what they decide to include/exclude in their box. Martin replied again saying,

“Actually I thought the same until I finally managed to get around automating the whole lots with Packer and Ansible. Works like a dream now and with minimum effort”

Vagrant Box Drama

I had a little bit of VirtualBox and Vagrant drama today.

I was doing my normal thing of recreating some test VMs and I started to get errors like this during the first part of the VM build, before the config scripts ran.

Introducing Packer: building Vagrant base boxes hands-free

I have referred to Packer in some of my cloud-related presentations as an example of a tool for creating immutable infrastructure. In addition to the cloud, Packer supports a great many other build targets as well. Since I work with VirtualBox and Vagrant a lot, Packer’s ability to create Vagrant base boxes is super awesome. Combined with local box versioning I can build new Vagrant systems in almost no time. More importantly though, I can simply kick the process off, grab a coffee, and when I’m back, enjoy a new build of my Oracle Linux Vagrant base box.

VirtualBox 6.1.12

The VirtualBox 6.1.12 maintenance release has appeared with all the Oracle quarterly patches.

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I’ve installed it on Windows 10, macOS Catalina and Oracle Linux 7 hosts with no dramas. My Vagrant builds seem happy too…

Cheers

Tim…

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VirtualBox 6.1.10

VirtualBox 6.1.10 has been released.

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I’ve installed it on Windows 10, macOS Catalina and Oracle Linux 7 hosts and there wasn’t any drama. My Vagrant boxes seem to be running fine.

Cheers

Tim…

VirtualBox 6.1.8

I’m in the middle of doing loads of Vagrant builds and I got a message to say VirtualBox 6.1.8 has been released. </p />
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VirtualBox 6.1.6

Along with all the other Oracle quarterly patches comes VirtualBox 6.1.6.

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I’ve done the installation on Windows 10, macOS Catalina, and Oracle Linux 7 hosts. All worked fine.

I’ve done some Vagrant builds with it and they worked too.

VirtualBox 6.1.4

VirtualBox 6.1.4 has been released.

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I’ve done the installation on my Windows 10 PC at work and all is good. I’ll probably do the installations on my Windows 10, macOS and Oracle Linux 7 hosts at home tonight and update this post.

Happy upgrading!

Cheers

Tim…

Update: I did the upgrades on my Windows 10, macOS and Oracle Linux 7 hosts at home. Everything went fine, and it all looks good for now.

Virtualbox 6.0.14

Virtualbox 6.0.14 was released recently.

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I’ve done the install on Windows 10, macOS Catalina and Oracle Linux 7 hosts with no drama.

If I’m being super picky, the scaling on Windows 10 is kind-of wacky.

VirtualBox 5.2 exports the VM to the Oracle Cloud

The new release of Oracle VM VirtualBox (aka VirtualBox) is there with a new functionality to export a VM to the Oracle Cloud Compute (aka Oracle Cloud Infrastructure). That can be interesting to prepare a VM on my laptop and move it to the Cloud to get it accessible from everywhere. Here’s my first try. In my opinion, it’s idea but probably need further evolution.

VirtualBox

Here is what is new: in addition to .ova you can export to an Oracle Public Cloud image:
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