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.
Should have an option to upload you virtual image file eg: xen server image virtula box etc.
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
Please, please, this would be amazing! Also not just ISO's purhapse more importantly, I would really like to upload vms from vmware or virtual box.
Stephan Verrips commented
This idea is oder then three years. I think it is not in the roadmap of DO
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With custom ISOs I would be able to install OpenBSD on a DigitalOcean server... That would be great!
I'll wait for the announcement that DO offers OpenBSD / ISO upload on bsdnow.tv :)
Shawn Woodbury commented
This really needs to be done to keep D.O. competitive with other services. Right now they are lagging a bit behind others as I see many many services like them with this option as a default. I am looking for a place to upload some Slackware templates and unfortunately it will not work here. I have wasted 10 bucks and I am not really happy now. I will have to go to a competitor now to get what I need.Based on this fact alone I will ot be recommending D.O. as a serious place for business to my friends or customers.
Alexandre Denault commented
I'd like to setup an IPFire firewall.
Gregory Horion (Public) commented
just found out that Vultr allows you to do it, and similar prices!
Pedro to Ponte commented
Being able to upload your own image is very important, why this isnt a feature simply baffles me.
This feature, along with what is currently feature #5, are critical to fixing the vendor lock-in problem at DigitalOcean.
If these features were available, I would unhesitatingly start up services at Digital Ocean and make regular downloads, uploading the ISOs through this proposed interface. I would occasionally look around and see if there were competitive services that were better than DO, and yes, I would take my disk images elsewhere if something better came up.
Currently, there aren't really better options, so DO would loose no business by doing this, and could gain customers by accepting images exported from Amazon, Linode, or other providers who offer this feature! However, until the lock-in is removed, I will be reluctant to spin up droplets knowing that I can never download the result or or upload it outside of the built-in interface.
Chad J. Milios commented
Three and a half years later, how are we coming on this one?
i need this feature
With this people can load BSD and Windows instances too. DO can focus on giving reliable, performing platform where any OS can be used.
I really think this would be helpful. This could really set you guys even further apart from the competition than y'all already are.
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.
Rusu Iulian commented
Should have an option to upload you virtual image file eg: xen server image virtula box etc.
Herman Yanush commented
Also downloading should be great
I need this feature.
Only reason why I'm not using DO yet...