This document represents a proposed Change. As part of the Changes
process, proposals are publicly announced in order to receive
community feedback. This proposal will only be implemented if approved
by the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee.
== Summary ==
Virtualization has long been a steadily growing use case of Fedora
Server Edition, but it is still time consuming and tedious for the
system administrator to create a Fedora Server VM. Supplementing the
downloads by a KVM VM image remedies the deficiency.
== Owner ==
* Name: [[User:pboy| Peter Boy on behalf of Server WG]]
* Email: pboy(a)uni-bremen.de
== Detailed Description ==
The creation of the VM disk image, uses the same kickstart files and
installation groups as the standard full installation, except of
course for the hardware-specific items. The image is optimized for
That way, the VM resembles a default server installation as closely as possible.
All administrative tools are available reliably from the beginning,
all administrative routines and helps (scripts) can be used in the
same way. All application services work in the identical way.
A default VM installation takes 1-2 minutes instead of about 30 mins.
== Feedback ==
The change proposal is based on an extensive discussion of the server
WG and has become part of its work program. For example, the server
documentation on virtualization has already been significantly
expanded in parallel and will continue to be supplemented and updated
on an ongoing basis. This is a response to the importance of the
== Benefit to Fedora ==
Significantly improves usability for Fedora Server Edition
administrators when deploying a Fedora Server Edtion VM. It thus makes
Fedora Server Edition more attractive, especially for new users
without extensive experience with Fedora. It thus helps to expand our
Fedora finally provides an installation path for a Fedora Server VM
that is built entirely on Fedora Resources, subject to Fedora quality
control, and compliant with Fedora principles. Until now, if a system
administrator has to install a VM preferable without the hassles of a
full default installation, we could only recommend third party binary
blob (e.g. virt-builder), which is a violation of our own core
principles. In addition, the third party products do not provide a
'Fedora Server Edition', but their own different concept and vision of
a server, under the name Fedora Server.
== Scope ==
* Proposal owners:
A kickstart file for ImageFactory is completed and locally tested.
* Other developers:
* Release engineering: [https://pagure.io/releng/issues
* Policies and guidelines: N/A (not needed for this Change)
* Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)
* Alignment with Objectives:
== Upgrade/compatibility impact ==
== How To Test ==
Basically, the same test procedures as for the full install apply.
1. Install a Fedora Server Edition including virtualization, follow
the Server documentation
2. Import the Fedora Server disk image following the Server
documentation (staging), either using Cockpit or cli virt-install
3. Use the VM with your intendend server applications.
== User Experience ==
Users (system administrators) will have a VM install method available,
which saves them a lot of time and efforts.
== Dependencies ==
== Contingency Plan ==
* Contingency mechanism: (What to do? Who will do it?) N/A (not a
System Wide Change)
* Contingency deadline: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
* Blocks release? N/A (not a System Wide Change), No
== Documentation ==
N/A (not a System Wide Change)
Fedora Server documentation is available.
== Release Notes ==
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