How to Prepare CloudBolt OVA for Deployment in OpenStack


This article discussed how to convert CloudBolt OVA to an image suitable for deployment.


Install qemu-img to perform the conversion. You can use brew to install qemu-img on macOS, or your favorite Linux package manager.


Step 1 Extract the vmdk file contained within the OVA file

  1. Run:

    $ tar xvf cloudbolt-latest.ova

    One of the files from the above extraction is called CloudBolt-6.2-disk1.vmdk where the version is dependent on the version of CloudBolt you've downloaded.

Step 2 Convert the vmdk file to a qcow2 image for use in OpenStack:

  1. Run $ qemu-img convert -O qcow2 CloudBolt-*.vmdk cloudbolt.qcow2

The end result is a new image file called cloudbolt.qcow2 that is ready for import into OpenStack.

Note: This will not include CPU, Disk, and Memory metadata. For a production instance of CloudBolt, we recommend you'd allocate a minimum of 2 CPUs, 8 GB or RAM, and 50 GB of storage.

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