This article explains how to use Cloudbase-Init with vRealize Automation and vSphere without requiring a CD drive in every Windows VM.
A brief post that provides some PowerShell commands to install Cloudbase-Init in a Windows Server image produced by Packer
A brief guide to installing Cloudbase-Init in a VMware vSphere VM template to use with vRealize Automation 8
Armed with some vSphere variables, it's now time to create a Windows template. In post 5 of this series that process is described.
In part 4 of this series it's finally time to introduce some JSON. The variables that I re-use in every template for telling Packer where to provision machines.
In part 3 of this series I cover some of the configuration and terminology required to get going with builds and that will be used in the rest of the series.
Now Packer is introduced, it's time to prepare for using it to create some vSphere templates. This is part 2 of a series.
Bored of hand-rolling vSphere templates? I was! This is part 1 of a series that documents creating vSphere templates using Packer.