Upload Image

Log into the NeSI FlexiHPC Dashboard

Select the project you would like to deploy the new instance too (Use the project selector on the top left-hand side):

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Open the Project tab, open the Compute tab and select Images

Click Create Image

Within the Create Image dialog box there are the following values:

Image Details

Image Name
A friendly name for your image
Image Description
A description for your image

Image Source

The location on your machine where the image is located
  • ISO - Optical Disk Image
  • PLOOP - Virtuozzo/Parallels Loopback Disk
  • QCOW2 - QEMU Emulator
  • RAW
  • VDI - Virtual Disk Image
  • VHD - Virtual Hard Disk
  • VMDK - Virtual Machine Disk
  • AKI - Amazon Kernel Image
  • AMI - Amazon Machine Image
  • ARI - Amazon Ramdisk Image

Generally the image you downloaded will have its Format in the name/file extension, An example would be kinetic-server-cloudimg-amd64.vmdk which has the vmdk extension. If it doesn't specify the format in the name assume qcow2


When it comes to the different image formats we generally follow the very basic guideline for them.

Images in the QCOW2 format are for running a single compute instance.

Images in the RAW format are for running multiple compute instances.

If you wish to convert to another format please read Converting Images between formats

Image Requirements

The following settings can remain blank as they are not needed to upload an image to the FlexiHPC platform.

Image Sharing

We have the options of Private,Shared or Community. If you don't want anyone else outside your project to use/see the new image then select private, however if you want this to be shared with other projects we would select either Shared or Community
This setting allows the image to be protected from deletion.

Once we have filled out the required fields we can click Create Image, the FlexiHPC platform will then process and save the image to the underlying CEPHS file system.