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.
Users should be able to mount their distort of choice and install it
It will Help us to import Image to start a new Droplet with existing data and code structure, As sometimes we dont want to make changes to server which results in big cost for company.
I want to see the function that I can upload my own OS. I am making my own OS and I would like to install it on my doplet. I would like to see that I can install my own custom OS by uploading it to my ISO files.
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
Henrik Pedersen commented
I don't care if we have to pay for the ISO storage og even the bandwidth, or a small one-time fee or something for uploads. If we could just upload ISO's it would be great.
You are running KVM, so I would use one of my existing licenses I have for an older Windows Server, and run it on freaking 512MB RAM, just to provide TTS for our in-house callsystem, so I can shut down that old Windows server running in the corner.
MaXwell Falstein commented
Uploading an image on most people's Internet connections is going to be tough and will result in DO requiring dedicated ISP/IXP links for just the uploads of ISOs.
There would have to be large amounts of caching between DO and the ISP/IXP because many people would be uploading large ISO files at different bandwidths or data rates.
This is all doable, but it is not as easy as one might expect. It will take a decent amount of work from DO and ISP/IXP.
I think support ticket based service would be a little annoying.
Upload and go in my opinion.
Community run ISO upload system could be interesting with approval by community for opening the ISO to the whole community.
Its a basic data center feature to have a custom ISO on a server. So i would expect such a service over a support ticket.
Nathan Vidican commented
Currently a customer with vultr.com - wanted to try DigitalOcean (referred by a friend) - this is such a basic feature for a cloud provider I took it for granted... now I feel like I wasted $10 bothering to sign up at all :(
Come-on ... this is 2016!
Tim Gildersleeve commented
I tried Vultr but didnt like their method of charging you in advance for what they guessed you were going to use, so didnt stay with them. Others wont have a problem with this I am sure.
I have tried TransIP who also do not allow custom images but do provide more memory and discspace for less money.
ahmed aboelsaoud commented
very nice suggestion, i hope to see it so soon :)
Ted Parvu commented
Hear Hear! I would like to install Arch and the ISO changes every month. So, that would be an issue for your SAs.
yes. if this feature doesn't come in next 3-4 months I am actually gonna leave digitalocean and go with vultr.com which allows custom iso to upload and install from it.
This is a rather important feature and long overdue. I've been with Digital Ocean for 3 years, but am seriously considering switching service if this does not become available soon.
One mroe vote for custom images, I would like to run pfsense or possibly a juniper vSRX appliance.
I also like this feature, further more, not the standard slackware Linux, but some application which included Linux OS, with application, which has the scripts install from the bare VMs, and after install, all application finished installation.
To control the ISOs uploaded and avoid double upload the same image, allow users to share their images
Graham Smart commented
Really wish this was a thing. So many votes and this is been waiting for over 3 years. Yet nothing so far. The ability to import and export VM's would make DO so much more money as people moved to them!
I really need this option to boot my custom images.
I need to boot scrollout f1, please add it or allow to install iso images.
We would love to host our AppBeat monitoring agents on DigitalOcean, but we need to upload custom images :(
Don't try ElasticHosts. We setup an account with them. Attempted to upload an ISO. Couldn't be done through their panel. And the panel has an awful UI. Needs work. Oh, and no refund even through we literally used it for less than an hour.
Guys, don't wait around for this feature. Go sign up for Elastichosts, In some cases the support staff will even dump the ISO into your account if it's too large to push up locally. bit.ly/1JXq3SH
Thovhakale Murendeni commented
I currently use vultr mostly because of this feauture. Please vote for it
Kindly allow that feature created account on DigitalOcean but didn't start using it right now just because there is no way i can use custom ISO. There is no benefit for me to use DigitalOcean without that feature. add custom ISO feature ASAP.