DO Ideas 2

Allow to boot rescue distro

When system is not booting anymore it would be nice to be able to boot it using some kind of rescue distro, which will have access to previous disk image mounted as /mnt.

  • Mateusz Adamowski
  • Sep 11 2018
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  • Dries Van Damme commented
    September 11, 2018 19:41

    Isn't this already "finished"?

    Swap Kernel To: DO-recovery-static-fsck
    Then mount your /dev/vda to /mnt and you can do exactly that...

  • Pavel Volkovitskiy commented
    September 11, 2018 19:41

    Any updates on this feature?

  • zaheer commented
    September 11, 2018 19:41

    i would love to use my own iso's. i thought that was the whole reason behind kvm. if i just wanted to use standard iso's i could just get a normal openvz vps plan

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 19:41

    We've begun work on making a recovery CD option so you can boot your droplet with a recovery ISO and then mount your FS to perform any recovery tasks that you need.

    Thanks

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 19:41

    Thanks for the kind words.

    We're doing our best, just goes to show that sometimes when we aren't announcing things or you aren't seeing updates to the front-end there are some big things that we are working on the backend ;) (Double RAM / SSD)

    It will be exciting to see how 2013 goes and how far through this roadmap we get.

  • Eric commented
    September 11, 2018 19:41

    Excellent! Keep up the great work. I know there are a lot of great things down the road and we just need to be patient!

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 19:41

    Hi Eric,

    Both are in the works, we'll probably release them near the same time and the image_import feature will make a best effort attempt to convert and boot a virtual server.

    If you are running one of the standard linux distros there's a fairly high chance it will work, as that is an internal tool that we use to import the various linux builds when they are released.

  • Eric commented
    September 11, 2018 19:41

    It would be nice to upload a snapshot and deploy a droplet with it. I am currently using KVM and already have my own snapshots I have configured. With this ability, I could migrate to DigitialOcean in a heart beat. I would like to see this implemented with the ability to down load snap shots.

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 19:41

    That's a great suggestion definitely something we will be looking into.

  • Blair Sadewitz commented
    September 11, 2018 19:41

    They use iPXE, which is extremely flexible. I have to actually go to bed now, heh, but I was attempting to load my own NetBSD kernel. My efforts were foiled by the console getting messed up over and over.

    I have only limited interest in such services that don't allow me to run my own operating system.

    They're using iPXE, which is great. A first step would simply be to allow us to provide our own iPXE boot scripts.

  • Gerard Louviere commented
    September 11, 2018 19:41

    i third this request... to be able to mount (more so be able to boot/install from) user provided ISO images.

  • hareemca commented
    September 11, 2018 19:41

    I second this request. Would really help us out.

  • Kris commented
    September 11, 2018 19:41

    side note: shouldn't be get our votes back once something has been marked as Planned, or Started on uservoice? :P ...

  • Kris commented
    September 11, 2018 19:41

    Possibly add an advanced feature that a user has to enable, or need to request to be enabled from support staff.. depending what the concerns are for restricting images.

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 19:41

    Something like this is already in the works as part of our Migration Tool that we are developing. It's unclear if it will allow you to use literally any ISO image or if it will be a bit more restrictive, but there's progress on this front. We dont have a specific ETA on this feature currently as we are focused heavily on the core product currently.