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Provisioning Fedora CoreOS on IBM Cloud
This guide shows how to provision new Fedora CoreOS (FCOS) instances in IBM Cloud VPC Generation 2.
Prerequisites
Before provisioning a FCOS instance, you must have an Ignition configuration file containing your customizations. If you do not have one, see xref:producing-ign.adoc[Producing an Ignition File].
You also need to have access to an https://cloud.ibm.com/login[IBM Cloud account]. The examples below use the https://cloud.ibm.com/docs/cli?topic=cli-getting-started[`ibmcloud`] command-line tool, which must be separately installed and configured beforehand. There are also several pieces that need to be in place first, like a VPC, SSH keys, networks, permissions, etc. Unfortunately, this guide is not a comprehensive IBM Cloud guide. If you are new to IBM Cloud please familiarize yourself using https://cloud.ibm.com/docs/vpc?topic=vpc-getting-started[the documentation for VPC Gen2] first.
Regarding the `ibmcloud` CLI, it is worth noting that it is supported to run the CLI https://cloud.ibm.com/docs/cli?topic=cli-using-idt-from-docker[via a container]. You'll need both the `cloud-object-storage` and `infrastructure-service` plugins installed. This can be done with:
`ibmcloud plugin install cloud-object-storage`
`ibmcloud plugin install infrastructure-service`
After you've logged in using `ibmcloud login` you can set a target region:
Target a specific region
REGION='us-east' # run `ibmcloud regions` to view options
ibmcloud target -r $REGION
Creating an Image
The following sets of commands will show you how to download the most recent image for a stream, upload it to cloud storage, and then create the cloud image in IBM Cloud. It is worth noting that Fedora CoreOS comes in three streams, with different update schedules per stream. These steps show the `stable` stream as an example, but can be used for other streams too.
Fetch the latest image suitable for your target stream (or https://getfedora.org/coreos/download/[download and verify] it from the web).
STREAM='stable'
coreos-installer download -s "${STREAM}" -p ibmcloud -f qcow2.xz --decompress
Create a Service Account for uploading and an Authorization Policy to allow creating images from the uploaded objects.
BUCKET='my-unique-bucket'
ibmcloud resource service-instance-create "${BUCKET}-service-instance" cloud-object-storage standard global
SERVICE_INSTANCE_ID='25df0db0-89a4-4cb8-900f-ed8b44259f80' # from just created service account
ibmcloud iam authorization-policy-create is --source-resource-type image cloud-object-storage Reader --target-service-instance-id $SERVICE_INSTANCE_ID
Upload the fetched image file to IBM Cloud Object Storage.
FCOS_VERSION='...'
FILE=fedora-coreos-${FCOS_VERSION}-ibmcloud.x86_64.qcow2
ibmcloud cos create-bucket --bucket $BUCKET --ibm-service-instance-id $SERVICE_INSTANCE_ID
ibmcloud cos upload --bucket=$BUCKET --key=$FILE --file=$FILE