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All the source scripts and configuration are at https://github.com/h2020-westlife-eu/west-life-wp6 in the directory vmcontext


user-data.vmdk contains basic cernvm configuration - provisioning done by vagrant

Release scripts


contains scripts to publish binary files into CernVM-FS repository with binaries of West-life VF.

User data


contains scripts and configuration file to create user-data context for cernvm based virtual machine image.

  • change user-data.sh script which should be executed as root during first boot
  • execute makeseediso.sh which will create iso/ directory and creates an iso image

Create Default Vagrant box

The default vagrant box at https://cernvm.cern.ch/portal/downloads doesn't boot into GUI, therefore a general base box for west-life project was prepared. Needed when micro bootloader is changed - last change Nov 2016 due to kernel bug. To make a vagrant box:

 vagrant package --base virtualmachinename
 replace the Vagrantfile inside the package.box with the Vagrantfile provided

Alternative base box

The default base box is cernvm4.0 - updates delivered via cernvmfs maintaned by cernvm team. This box needs the VM to be online - all binaries are downloaded via cernvmfs - additional packages can be installed using package manager yum.

Scientific Linux 7.3 base box

  • install SL 7.4 minimal system
  • follow instruction to install minimal gui desktop
    • yum groupinstall "X Window System"
    • yum install gnome-classic-session gnome-terminal nautilus-open-terminal control-center liberation-mono-fonts
    • systemctl set-default graphical.target
  • clean the VM
  • shutdown VM
  • package box
 vagrant package --base minimalvm


user-data.vmdk contains additional point to bootstrapcloud.sh which do provisioning.

  • Follow steps to prepare vagrant box, use user-data-cloud.vmdk
  • Export the resulting VM manually by VirtualBox in OVA format.
  • Script to prepare CernVM4.0 box for testing EGI deployment (no vagrantfile context needed)
 vagrant package --base westlife1cernvmcloud --output westlife-cernvm4cloud.box


Use cernvm micro image from https://cernvm.cern.ch/portal/downloads contextualization script from `vmcontext/user-data/src/user-data-cloud.sh`