The goal is to automatically create variations of virtual machines images for a cloud infrastructure (OpenStack or Amazon are currently supported) using SaltStack based configuration files available in a given Mercurial repository.
The AMI builder tool can be used in two ways:
... or why we build it.
For a virtual machine in the cloud (private or Amazon), having a preconfigured AMI helps you gain setup time and execution time.
Instead of having an "install and configure each instantiation of a machine" we go for a "install once, run multiple times" approach.
Another benefit of this approach is that you have a repeatable environnement.
You can access the documentation for more information.
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