What We’ve Shipped: ISO/Custom Imaging

Earlier this year, we released the ability to image a new Cloud Server with a custom ISO directly from the Panel.

What is a Custom ISO?

An ISO image is an archive file used to distribute operating systems, or other large programs. They are useful because they can store everything included in the operating system in a single downloadable file.

Custom ISOs allow you to install nearly any Operating System on your Bytemark Cloud Server. With this updated workflow, you no longer need to create a server then mount the ISO file, making your workflow even more efficient.

How to Use Custom Cloud Server Imaging

This video walkthrough demonstrates how you can quickly and easily image a new cloud server using this feature in Bytemark Panel:

For a full step-by-step written guide, read our Custom ISO documentation.

Tips on using this new feature:

  • Install Extra Operating Systems: You can install operating systems we don’t provide default images for, such as OpenBSD, Rancher or CoreOS, or modify an operating system we already offer. For example, add additional packages to Ubuntu and install by default.
  • Launch Standardised Cloud Servers in Bulk: If part of your infrastructure involves creating many Cloud Servers, you can save time by developing a custom ISO with the environment, packages and utilities you need to get started.

As ever, we plan to continue to develop this functionality over time with more features that are useful to you. If you have feedback or feature suggestions we’d love to hear them!