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 Post subject: Packer templates for VMs [feature request]
PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:03 pm 
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I kind'a mentioned this in this post, but I believe this is worth its separate discussion.

I'd like to have the ability to attach Packer templates in a topology, so that if, say, I share the project folder, upon opening the topology on a "fresh" PC, GNS3 could automatically create the base VM from scratch, and perhaps even provision it with some configuration. A little bit like what's currently happening with VPCS and IOS, except this is for VirtualBox/Qemu/VMware machines.

Ideally, there should be the ability to configure custom node types that are coupled with a Packer template... So something like the Symbol Manager, except that it doesn't just define "this is another picture for a VirtualBox/Qemu guest", but also defines "when dragging this symbol in the topology, create a new VM by invoking the following template". GNS3 may also eventually come with some templates pre-defined for some (router) vendors and other OS-es, making their installation almost trivial.




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 Post subject: Re: Packer templates for VMs [feature request]
PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 3:47 am 
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Very interesting idea. I lack time right now to discuss it further, so please let me get back to this thread in a few days.

Thanks!



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