KVM template is pre-defined clone image of the virtual machine from which you can deploy a new virtual machine.
SolusVM supports 2 types of template:
From SolusVM version 1.12.00 KVM based virtual servers can be built from pre-created templates. With the release of version 1.12.00 templating is limited to a system that we call “Generation 1”.
SolusVM Version: 1.12.00+
Templates are supplied via our TDN (Template Distribution Network) http://tdn.solusvm.com
The template location on the master & slave is:
You can use the Media Sync feature or place them in the above locations manually.
The template filenames should start with the distro name i.e centos- debian- etc..
In the TDN you are supplied with a static root password for the template. You don't need to use this, however you need to tick Change Root Password box when adding or editing the template. A new root password will then be given on creation or re-installation of the vps.
The templates will automatically resize themselves when the vps are created. Make sure you specify the correct disk driver as shown in the TDN when adding the template to SolusVM.
The WHMCS module has been updated to allow better provisioning of KVM vps (also see the emails section). See WHMCS Module.
Here is an outline of what the Generation version mean and its limitations:
SolusVM Version: 1.13.00+
Templates will be supplied via our TDN (Template Distribution Network) http://tdn.solusvm.com and community.
Support for SLIM templates. Generation 2 templates can be as low as 130MB in size compared to Generation 1 templates that are 800MB+.
Any partition layout will be supported.
No need for Windows MBR files as currently used for Xen HVM.
Support for Windows templates with any partition layout. All version of Windows templates will be automatically resized on creation and the administrator password WILL be set.
Root passwords can be set or reset from the client/admin areas (Linux Only).
Rescue mode for Windows/Linux where a client can repair their vps.
Automatic template cloning of a pre-created virtual server.
Generation 1 templates have RAW storage format and bigger size comparing to Generation 2 templates in QCOW2 format (https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Virtualization/3.5/html/Technical_Guide/QCOW2.html)