Working with images

IBM® Power® Virtualization Center enables you to capture and import images that you can deploy as virtual machines.

An image consists of metadata and one or more binary images, one of which must be a bootable disk. To create a virtual machine in PowerVC, you must deploy an image.

There are several ways to obtain an image:
  • Go to the Hosts page, manage an existing virtual machine, then capture its image.
  • Import an image from your backing storage by following these instructions:Importing images .
  • Create a volume-backed image by following these instructions: Creating volume-backed images.

You cannot import ISO images into IBM Power Virtualization Center.

The PowerVC user interface displays a maximum of 400 images. So, if you have more than 400 images, you can work with only a subset of them on the PowerVC user interface.