How to use Packer to create images on Azure/AWS/GCP

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:

Getting Started

 

RDP 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:

 

 

Once logged in, you’re now ready to start setting up your new server as per the following sections. 

Using Packer

 

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-Powershell

 

The following links to documentation explain how to use Packer for each cloud platform

 

https://www.packer.io/docs

Support

 

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

 

Packer Support

 

Support for using Packer can be found on their community section:

 

https://www.packer.io/community

 

Disclaimer: Packer is a registered trademark of HashiCorp, Inc and is licensed under Mozilla Public License v2. No warrantee of any kind, express or implied, is included with this software. Use at your risk, responsibility for damages (if any) to anyone resulting from the use of this software rest entirely with the user. The author is not responsible for any damage that its use could cause.
Andrew Fitzgerald

Cloud Solution Architect. Helping customers transform their business to the cloud. 20 years experience working in complex infrastructure environments and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert on everything Cloud

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