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Debian LX-brand Images for SmartOS


  1. build a KVM on your SmartOS host
  2. Install your desired Debian into that KVM
  3. debootstrap Debian into foldername.tar.gz
  4. convert foldername.tar.gz into an lx-brand image on your SmartOS-Host


  • ISO file for booting and installing Debian
  • possibility to install Debian into an empty KVM (i.e. via vnc)
  • an in .ssh on your ansible host (because root login withou key is disabled by default)
  • ... maybe something is missing


  1. adopt vars.yml and ansible.cfg to your needs
  2. run playbook create_kvm.yml: build a KVM and boot with your install ISO
    • the KVM's name is "lx-builder" (ensure DNS queries leads to this host)
    • for more hardware options have a look into the playbook
    • host and port for a vnc client will be given at the end of the play
  3. perform a minimal installation with the installer medium
    • create a user and remember the password! (later remote_user password)
    • remember the root password! (later become password)
  4. run playbook create_tarball.yml: build a tarball with debian-lx-brand-image-builder script
    • run ansible-playbook --ask-pass --ask-become-pass create_tarball.yml
    • that makes a debootstrap debian on the KVM into /root/lx
    • all results are located in /root/debian-lx-brand-image-builder and copied to /tmp to make it accessable to everyone
  5. copy the folder /tmp/debian-lx-brand-image-builder on a SmartOS host
  6. run playbook create_lx_image.yml: build an lx-brand image (.zfs.gz) und corresponding manifest (.json)
    • has to be run on the SmartOS host!
    • create the image in /tmp, i.e. it has to be copied to somewhere else
  7. Import your lx-brand image with imgadm install -m MANIFEST.json -f ZONEFILE.zfs.gz
  8. check with imgadm list