Extending a Windows image using Image Construction and Composition Tool 1.2

In this post I would like to introduce a new function added in the Image Construction and Composition Tool (ICCT) 1.2. It is the capability to extend a Windows base image available in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning 2.1.

In fact in ICCT 1.2 it’s possible to:

  • import a Windows base image available in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning 2.1
  • extend it adding Windows bundles created using ICCT 1.2
  • capture it in order to have in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning 2.1 a new extended Windows image

It is provided using the same User Interface and the same steps already available for Linux and AIX support.

The new extended image is now ready to be deployed showing the bundle configuration parameters from the IBM SmartCloud Provisioning 2.1 User interface.

In ICCT 1.2 a new specific Windows Enablement bundle has been provided to support the Windows images and it is described in the screenshot below:

extending a Windows imageIt contains the Activation Framework needed by ICCT 1.2 to install and configure bundles based on the Windows IBM VSAE.

For the Windows bundles created using ICCT 1.2 it is also possible to provide in the tabs Installation/Configuration/Reset the scripts for the installation, configuration and reset steps invoked by ICCT when an image is extended.

The Windows support is provided for the following Operation Systems:

  • Windows 2008 R2
  • Windows 7

Please take a look at the IBM SmartCloud Provisioning 2.1 Infocenter to get more details on this support.

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