Allow Custom Images
Allow users to upload ISO's of Linux installations they would like to use. For instance, I was hoping to install Slackware 14; if users could upload their own ISOs you wouldn't have to keep adding distros as they wanted them.
Offering the feature of using our cutomized VMs to be the start point of a droplet
Won't it be great if we can create our droplet with our own images based on our own ISO?
When you want to develop independent os it is usefull you have to acces to upload iso and you will use your own os and also your team will develop. I think you have some critical privacy issue for this idea it can be under control by staff ?
upload of vmware disk or vhd...It would be wonderful!!!
This will be extremely useful for people who usually develop locally. In this way they will be able to go easily in production. There are already others cloud hosting company which offer this service but it would be great to see it in DigitalOcean Panel ;)
Being able to create a droplet from a VM would allow us to create and pre-configure a server before pushing it live, and it would allow us to use specialized servers (such as honeypots or pentesting distros) without having to re-create everything.
have a way to upload a vmware image onto DO. Would be good to have an import tool.
It would be great to add mailinabox (https://github.com/JoshData/mailinabox) as a 1-click install. Shouldn't be too difficult for you guys either, as its only a couple of commands!
In my opnion It's more stable then archlinux images and have a good community too
I use openSUSE and I was surprised not to find openSUSE images supported here. I thought there was a way I could create my own custom image as some other providers do; but again, was disappointed that that functionality was also not available. Can you please implement a feature where users can create their own images or upload their own ISOs as per their taste? Especially if such images are not officially available?
Allow an image to be mounted and installed into the virtual machine just like any other regular distribution image. I know interfaces and whatnot are handled by your currently available distro spins, so I recommend, since it seems possible, to just include repos of the necessary packages and configurations that could be added to each flavor of Linux and just point people to a wiki page listing all available repos and how to include them (most people who would actually use this feature would already know how to add the repo for their distro of choice.) This feature would be very helpful, and something like this will definitely be necessary going into the future, and expanding your infrastructure. It could allow for BSD to start being used and a ton of new opportunities for other operating systems to be tested easily. It seems something like this could derail the future of the company if it isn't figured out before it becomes a real problem. It's almost irresponsible not to at least try to make this work.
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Allow to upload custom virtual disks so we can work on the local virtual machine and then deploy to Digital Ocean
With that we can use DigitalOcean as a ippbx server
Offer a better and bigger droplets images portfolio, including other operational systems, like FreeBSD, Solaris and Windows Server, as so special Linux distributions, like Scientific Linux and Backtrack.
It's a good idea to have Slackware images on Digital Ocean :-)
I just thought about some running votes on this site, like 'please support Windows' or 'please add OS [xyz]'. I can understand that these tasks aren't that easy, because the control panel sometimes requires access to the filesystem of the VM. For example, setting a new root password requires chrooting into the VM environment.
But, why not offer 100% unmanaged servers? I'll count up some facts so you can fully understand what my thoughts are:
-> Each user should be able to upload own ISOs, which then could be mounted via the control panel.
-> If a user decides to use his own image, things like "set new root password" or "automatic IP adjustment when restoring snapshots" should be disabled in my opinion. The only necessary thing would be console access, which is already implemented, and support for ISO mounting as mentioned above. In my opinion, a user should be able to mount atleast 2 images at the same time. (Example: Windows Server 2012 + virtio drivers disk)
-> There could be a hosted pool of ISOs available for free by DigitalOcean, so that not every user of this feature would have to upload the same image over and over. Custom images, which aren't in the pool, could be hourly or monthly billed like snapshots.
So what new things would that change offer?
-> Windows Support - A user could upload his own image, install it via Console Access and that's it. There are experimental virtio drives available, and I am currently using them on some production servers - they work like a charm and Windows Server on SSDs are -really- smooth.
-> Custom partitioning - I'm guessing that DO is either using LVM partitions or raw images for the VMs. No matter what they're using, users would be able to choose their own partitioning. Again, console access is already given, and it wouldn't be a problem to setup a new operating system via console access.
-> Disk encryption - I'm sure that DigitalOcean is a reliable, trustworthy company. But still, some users might want to encrypt their disks. This would be also much easier when installing the operating system by its own instead of using prebuilt images from DO.
-> Own distributions - Each user could use its own distribution - no matter if it is something common as Debian, a distribution made for firewalls or anything else like that.
-> Advanced recovery - boot up some ISO which contains a live linux, mount your disk, chroot into it and tada - you're able to repair your VM.
-> And much more - it would provide nearly endless freedom...
There are some KVM VPS providers which are supporting custom ISOs - but I don't know any hourly-billed provider like DigitalOcean offering this. In my opinion, this would be a huge improvement. 'Normal' users just want
to select some image, wait a minute and tada, their server is up and running. But I'm sure more advanced users would sometimes like to setup their servers completely for their own. And, as far as I know, Windows support
would be then also possible as long as users got their own license. Sorry if there are some grammatical mistakes, but I'm not a native english speaker. If there are any questions about my idea, feel free to ask.
Please add support to create a droplet Funtoo Linux.
This is evolution fork from Gentoo to Funtoo, created by Daniel Robbins (Gentoo Founder).
More info, please take a look to image cloud02.hackstore.com.br, created by Gentoo image from Digital Ocean, migrated to Funtoo Linux and working fine on uptime 140 days or more.
I would like the ability to upload existing kvm guest disk images.
I have some existing virtual machines running on another host that I'd love to transfer over without the headache of manually copying the config over.
would really like the gentoo image back.
i like to install image from iso
I want to run IPCop, in VPS as my first Firewall.
Gentoo++, ¿why is not ready yet?
Axel Fontaine commented
What is really needed here is not custom ISOs, but the ability to import custom disk images in either RAW or VMDK format
Centos 7 + Microweber
ISO for freepbx i have a small PBX that i need running.
Craig McKie commented
People moving to Vultr because it gives more. People don't realize the time and money it costs to bring new features.
In my opinion, a custom ISO would be great. But there's usually the trouble of having to configure the networking yourself.
openbsd should be added considering the new features in the upcoming 5.7 release and that its minimalistic footprint is perfect for hosting pf and liber
John Skidmore commented
Indeed, this would be a great feature, I look forward to DO's response...
Duarne Bernhagen commented
Would love the option to add a custom Linux Image.
Greg Poirier commented
I just realized that I can download the image you use in production from http://stable.release.core-os.net/amd64-usr/current/
:) I'm good.
Erik Nordstroem commented
+3. I have a need for this now. I am not a big customer -- I only have two VPS-es currently. I have been using DO for quite a while now and would rather not leave them but unless we can have custom images soon, I may have to begin looking at what other providers are offering.
Tyler Sowers commented
https://twitter.com/digitalocean/status/176338623053045760 Where is this feature? Why on earth is DigitalOcean completely stalling on anything having to do with custom uploading/downloading of images? It's really scary that people have been asking for this so long and there hasn't been so much of a peep from them. What's the point of uservoice if you don't talk to your customers?
want this ;-)
Lucun Cai commented
It is a very very useful feature!
mohd azuan commented
agree. i still did not use my "free usd 5" plus usd 5 that need to be paid to get that "free usd 5". so i have usd 10 credits. why? because of this custom iso. some intermediate to expert users want to install their own os, from specific distros and do not want to depending with digitalocean's template.
honestly, after several months i am using vultr @ http://m.azuan.my/r-vultr-vps.html i can says that: vultr is BEST comparing with digitalocean.
1. more 256MB ram ( 512 = 768)
2. can upload/install using your own iso
digitalocean should offer more than that. if your policy still not allowed custom iso's at least offer us something that different, for example extra disk space or ram, or even "extra ipv4" ;) rather than /64 ipv6.
Alexander Lopatin commented
I need this feature as well.
Yes this fuction will needed for sure!