KIWI Image Description for Amazon EC2

A virtual disk image which is able to boot in the Amazon EC2 cloud framework has to comply the following constraints:

  • Xen tools and libraries must be installed
  • cloud-init package must be installed
  • cloud-init configuration for Amazon must be provided
  • Grub bootloader modules for Xen must be installed
  • AWS tools must be installed
  • Disk size must be set to 10G
  • Kernel parameters must allow for xen console

To meet this requirements add or update the KIWI image description as follows:

  1. Software packages

    Make sure to add the following packages to the package list


    Package names used in the following list matches the package names of the SUSE distribution and might be different on other distributions.

    <package name="aws-cli"/>
    <package name="grub2-x86_64-xen"/>
    <package name="xen-libs"/>
    <package name="xen-tools-domU"/>
    <package name="cloud-init"/>
  2. Image Type definition

    Update the vmx image type setup as follows

    <type image="vmx"
          kernelcmdline="console=xvc0 multipath=off net.ifnames=0"
      <size unit="M">10240</size>
  3. Cloud Init setup

    Cloud init is a service which runs at boot time and allows to customize the system by activating one ore more cloud init modules. For Amazon EC2 the following configuration file /etc/cloud/cloud.cfg needs to be provided as part of the overlay files in your KIWI image description

      - default
    disable_root: true
    preserve_hostname: false
    syslog_fix_perms: root:root
    datasource_list: [ NoCloud, Ec2, None ]
      - migrator
      - bootcmd
      - write-files
      - growpart
      - resizefs
      - set_hostname
      - update_hostname
      - update_etc_hosts
      - ca-certs
      - rsyslog
      - users-groups
      - ssh
      - mounts
      - ssh-import-id
      - locale
      - set-passwords
      - package-update-upgrade-install
      - timezone
      - scripts-per-once
      - scripts-per-boot
      - scripts-per-instance
      - scripts-user
      - ssh-authkey-fingerprints
      - keys-to-console
      - phone-home
      - final-message
      - power-state-change
        name: ec2-user
        gecos: "cloud-init created default user"
        lock_passwd: True
        sudo: ["ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD:ALL"]
        shell: /bin/bash
        cloud_dir: /var/lib/cloud/
        templates_dir: /etc/cloud/templates/
      ssh_svcname: sshd

An image built with the above setup can be uploaded into the Amazon EC2 cloud and registered as image. For further information on how to upload to EC2 see: ec2uploadimg