How to use Packer Windows to create images on Azure/AWS/GCP
Setup and install Packer on Windows Server for the Cloud. Packer is a great devops automation tool for creating server machine images for any of the cloud platforms (Azure/AWS/GCP). To start using Packer on any of the cloud platforms, the quickest and easiest way is to install a server with Packer installed and configured. You can deploy Packer from any of the cloud marketplaces below:
Setup Packer on Windows Server
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Packer Windows Server features
Packer is an image creator server too for Azure, AWS & GCP cloud platforms. It is a modern configuration management by encouraging you to use automated scripts to install and configure the software within your Packer-made images. Other main features include:
- Automates the creation of server images
- Pre bakes images with software & configuration
- Uses WinRM or SSH to build images
- Builds images for other cloud platforms in parallel
- Uses Packer with your CI/CD Automation
- Uses scripts to automate any server config
- Key Vault integration.
- Fast infrastructure deployment. Packer images allow you to launch completely provisioned and configured machines in seconds
- Detailed logging, detect issues faster
- Multi-provider portability with running your production in multi cloud environments, staging/QA in a private cloud like OpenStack, and development in desktop virtualization solutions such as VMware or VirtualBox.
- Extending Packer with Plugins, that can add: builders, Data source, Post-processors and Provisioners.
Getting Started with using Packer to Create Images
RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) into new server
Once you have deployed Packer on Windows server, the first step is to RDP into the new instance once it has fully booted up. The following links explain how to connect the VM once it has finished being deployed:
- How to RDP to AWS Windows Instance
- How to RDP to Google GCP Windows Instance
- How to RDP to Azure Windows Virtual Machine
Once logged in, you’re now ready to start setting up your new server as per the following sections.
Using Packer on Windows
Once logged in, you’re ready to start using Packer. You can use any Windows terminal (Powershell or Windows Command Prompt) by running the packer command
Packer Server Documentation
Packer Server Support
Support for using Packer can be found on their community section:
If you have issues with installing Packer in your cloud environment leave a comment below or contact us directly and we will assist it getting the server up and running