Adding Packer Plugins

15 minutes
  • 3 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

HashiCorp Packer allows users to create identical, cross-platform machine images by writing templates that leverage our existing infrastructure tools; however, Packer doesn’t always offers native support for everything we require. In this hands-on lab, we’ll prepare our desired Packer setup by installing some Packer plugins.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Add the Windows Update Plugin
  1. Locate the appropriate binary from the plugin repository and download it:

    wget https://github.com/rgl/packer-provisioner-windows-update/releases/download/v0.9.0/packer-provisioner-windows-update-linux.tgz
  2. Expand the file:

    tar zxvf packer-provisioner-windows-update-linux.tgz
  3. Make binary executable:

    chmod +x packer-provisioner-windows-update
  4. Create the necessary plugins directory:

    mkdir -p ~/.packer.d/plugins
  5. Move the binary:

    mv packer-provisioner-windows-update ~/.packer.d/plugins/
Add ARM Builder Dependencies
  1. The ARM Builder plugin is a Go module; install a version of Go newer than 1.11.0:

    wget https://dl.google.com/go/go1.14.2.linux-amd64.tar.gz
    sudo tar -C /usr/local -xzf go1.14.2.linux-amd64.tar.gz
    export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/go/bin
  2. Install the other module dependencies:

    sudo apt install kpartx qemu-user-static
Add the ARM Builder Plugin
  1. Pull down the repository:

    git clone https://github.com/solo-io/packer-builder-arm-image.git
    cd packer-builder-arm-image
  2. Build the module:

    go mod download
    go build
  3. Move the resulting binary:

    mv packer-builder-arm-image ~/.packer.d/plugins/
  4. Clean up your home directory when finished:

    cd
    rm -rf packer*
    sudo rm -rf go

Additional Resources

You are the newest employee of Pax Computopia's DevOps team and have been assigned your first task, which involves Packer. You've got Packer installed, but your team uses a few Packer plugins you need to configure locally before you can get started.

Add the packer-provisioner-windows-update and the packer-builder-arm-image plugins.

Note that at least one of these modules requires a version of Go higher than 1.11.0 to install. Hint: The one in the Ubuntu 18.04 repositories won't work.

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