Friday, November 21, 2014

First Steps with Packer

In this short tutorial I'll share some of my first attempts to create images with Packer, I will try to "Pack" an EC2 instance with my own modifications into AMI.

Let the fun start...

We will create a JSON, that describes the Packer creation flow:

The configuration is pretty self-explanatory, the interesting part here is the builder (which is just shell a script called '' in this case). 
There are other builders for other Cloud providers and even for Docker and VMware.

For the example we will make something simple such as:

And make sure both files in my CWD. What's left is to run Packer:

 packer build test.json 
...and voila! a new AMI is ready ;)