Dennis Smith             Hey Tom
Lance Boley Hey Tom ... welcome
hypervfan Hi Lance and Dennis
Dennis Smith We'll give it a few minutes for everyone to join
Khaled Omar Hi all
Dennis Smith HI Khaled
Khaled Omar how long before start ?
Dennis Smith Just a few more minutes and we'll start
Khaled Omar alright
Peter Tsai Hello everyone
Peter Tsai Hi Tom!
hypervfan Hi Peter
Dennis Smith Today we'll be talking about SUSE studio
Dennis Smith joining us we have Rick Ashford, Technical Specialist @ SUSE
Dennis Smith I am going to turn it over to him
Rick Ashford (SUSE) Fantastic, thank you!
Rick Ashford (SUSE) Sorry about the delay.  Minor technical hiccup over here.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) So, today we're going to talk about SUSE Studio.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) For those who aren't familiar with it, you can check it out at
Rick Ashford (SUSE) That is our free online version.  We also sell a version of Studio that can be deployed into your datacenter.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) Studio gives you the ability to quickly build application-specific gold master images that can be deployed onto a wide variety of platforms.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) So, typically you'll have several GM's somewhere (physical, virtual, etc) and a list of applications with versions.  And then you have a compatibility matrix that matches everything up.
SamG So what does using studio get me that I do not already have?
Rick Ashford (SUSE) Studio lets you merge that application directly into the GM, and then version control and distribute that as an integrated whole.
uwain General Manager?
Khaled Omar gold master images, what is gold master ?
Rick Ashford (SUSE) By having the pre-built application image, you speed up deployment, simplify processes (you get rid of that compatibility matrix and make your dev/test/prod migration just handing over an image
Rick Ashford (SUSE) Gold Master refers to an officially sanctioned image that is used as the base for deploying an operating system into your datacenter.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) The GM will typically have all the corporate security policies, networking information, and other custom configurations baked into it.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) We had one customer who would take 6-8 months in committees to build up a new gold master image.  Studio cut that process time to weeks.
SamG can I share images that I create?
Rick Ashford (SUSE) Sure!  There is a public gallery function built into it, where you can publish images so that anyone who has access to the server can get them.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) You can also share an image directly with another user.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) There is also a full REST API so that you can integrate it with other processes.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) And finally, our latest version introduces "webhooks"
Rick Ashford (SUSE) Webhooks allows Studio to publish a notification to any place that you want whenever an image build is finished.
Khaled Omar it can capture and deploy images or just deploy ?
SamG is sharing them easy and how do I share them?
Rick Ashford (SUSE) So, for example, you could easily set it up so that whenever a qcow2 image is built, it automatically gets imported into your OpenStack environment to be used as a template for cloud computing.
SamG can you script it?
Rick Ashford (SUSE) When you go through the tabs to configure your appliance, the last one is called "Sharing".  Under that tab you can publish it to the gallery and/or give a username to share it to.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) Yes, through the REST API I mentioned earlier, you can fully script out your interactions with Studio.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) For example, you could have your dev team's build system automatically generate a new disk image at the end of the day when everybody checks in their code.
SamG What platforms can I build for ?
Rick Ashford (SUSE) Studio can build the following formats (all from a single configuration): vmdk (VMware, KVM, VirtualBox), Xen, qcow2 (KVM), Hyper-V, Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure, Live CD, PXE boot (network boot), OVF, a raw disk image, and what we call a "Preload ISO".
Rick Ashford (SUSE) The preload iso gives you a bootable iso that will , at a key prompt, drop the raw image onto your server.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) Studio makes going into the cloud a lot easier too.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) The model you typically see is that your cloud provider will provide you an operating system, and then you as the user are responsible for installing the application(s) and configuring everything.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) Studio lets you have pre-built application-specific templates that can be ready for use as quickly as you can boot them.
SamG How long does it take to get installed?
Rick Ashford (SUSE) Well, the longest part of the install process is actually downloading the iso from our servers.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) Studio is distributed as one of those preload iso's I mentioned earlier.
Pa Hi. Yesterday I tried to do a format recovery (If I'm right, it should be Dell Factory Image Restore) but while following the instructions, the manual said "Click Dell Factory Image Restore. The Dell Factory Image Restore welcome screen appears. NOTE: Depending on your configuration, you may need to select Dell Factory Tools, then Dell Factory Image Restore." However, my computer didn't have the option "Dell Factory Image Restore" and I didn't know what to do. Do you know how to do a format recovery and why the option wasn't available?
Rick Ashford (SUSE) You download and boot off of it, answer the question when it says, "Are you sure?", and let it drop the image in place.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) After that, you just give it networking information and log into the web interface to activate it.
Lance Boley @Pa ... please post your question on
Pa thank you
SamG How tightly can I control what gets installed on my images?
Rick Ashford (SUSE) Very!
Rick Ashford (SUSE) Not only can you add in any rpm (package) that you like from the distribution, as well as add in your own individual packages.  You can also add in overlay files, whether those are text files (configs) or even tarball-based applications.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) In addition, once you've built the image, you can boot it into what we call "Testdrive" mode.  It'll launch up on the Studio server, and you can log into it through your web browser. 
Rick Ashford (SUSE) Once you're in it, you can do whatever you need to configure it up the way you want.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) At the end of the session, it can show you a list of all the files that changed during your session and you can click a button to pull them back in as overlay files.
SamG What is the difference between the free version and the paid one?
Rick Ashford (SUSE) The primary difference between the two is that the paid version can be installed in your data center.  The free online version is a sandbox where we try new ideas out, so it's not always up, and it occasionally has bugs that need to be fixed.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) Technologically, they're very similar.  The only two features that are in the paid (Onsite) version that are not in the free web version are support for PXE images (network booting) and the ability to build for mainframes.
Dennis Smith Any questions you have for Rick?  Now's the time!
Rick Ashford (SUSE) One other neat feature is that the images are built to be as small as possible.  They only take up the minimum amount of space you need to hold the data.  The first time you boot from them they detect the available local storage and expand out to fill it.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) There are other Linux image-building tools out there, but they typically need to create an image the size of the target system.  So, you have to have a 10 GB image for a 10GB disk, a 20 GB image for a 20 GB disk, etc.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) That doesn't scale well in the cloud.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) If you're running a private cloud instance in your datacenter, and 100 users request that 20 GB image simultaneously, it'll kill your network, slow everybody down, and make everyone grumpty.
Rick Ashford (SUSE) *grumpy*
Rick Ashford (SUSE) By comparison, a SUSE Studio image can be as small as a couple of hundred MB (just over 200 if you use a compressed format like qcow2)
Rick Ashford (SUSE) So, 200 MB vs 20 GB? the smaller guy is deployed and usable in just a few short minutes.
Dennis Smith Awesome!  Great information Rick
Dennis Smith Do we have any other questions?
Dennis Smith Ok, well thanks for joining's 15 minutes of your life back :)
Dennis Smith see you guys next week!