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Building an Amazon EBS-Based Packer Image

Packer allows us to use JSON or HCL code to describe and generate machine images, such as AWS AMIs. In this lab, we'll explore using Packer alongside AWS, from initial key creation to final Packer build as we write a Packer template from scratch using the `amazon-ebs` builder and a selection of provisioners.

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 30m
Clock icon Oct 02, 2020

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Create Access Key and Secret Key, Discover Subnet

    1. Navigate to IAM > Users, and click on our cloud_user.
    2. Click the Security credentials tab, and select Create access key. Make a note of the Access key ID and Secret access key.
    3. Navigate to VPC > Subnets, and copy the subnet ID.
  2. Challenge

    Write Template Based on Provided Instructions

    1. Change to the packer/booksite directory.
    2. Create a packer.json file.
    3. Write the template based on the details in the instructions.
  3. Challenge

    Test the Build

    Validate and run the build.

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