Templates for Packer (Virtualbox, Parallels and Hyper-V support)
This repository contains Windows templates that can be used to create boxes for Vagrant using Packer. It is inspired by https://github.com/mwrock/packer-templates and by https://github.com/MattHodge/PackerTemplates. I was a bit stuck until I read https://hodgkins.io/best-practices-with-packer-and-windows. My previous approach of stuffing all box creating effort in 1 file was very cumbersome. Turns out you can use a modular approach with Packer by creating multiple artifacts and chain them together.
New! Hyper-V support in packer
Now you can create Hyper-V boxes on Windows with Hyper-V enabled. Unfortunately the modular approach does not work with Hyper-V.
Linux: Install them with your package provider.
- You will need [Parallels Desktop 13] Pro(https://www.parallels.com/eu/products/desktop/download/). Unfortunately you need the Pro Edition for Vagrant support!
- Install with Brew:
brew cask install vagrant vagrant plugin install vagrant-parallels
- You also need the Parallels Virtualization SDK.
Windows VirtualBox: You can install the prerequisites with packagemanagement:
Install-Package -ProviderName Chocolatey -ForceBootstrap -Force vagrant,virtualbox,packer
Windows Hyper-V (New!): You can install the prerequisites with packagemanagement. And you need to install Hyper-V:
Install-Package -ProviderName Chocolatey -ForceBootstrap -Force vagrant,packer Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName:Microsoft-Hyper-V -All
Clone and run
Clone the repository:
git clone https://github.com/jacqinthebox/packer-templates.git; cd packer-templates
Save the Packer executable in this folder.
How to create a Parallels Windows 2016 box:
How to create a Windows 2016 box for VirtualBox.
How to create a Hyper-V box on Windows
.\packer.exe build --force .\templates\hyperv_windows_server_2016_1_base.json
Adding the box to Vagrant
vagrant box add --name windows_server_2016 windows2016_parallels.box