Templating Debian GNU/Linux (2/2)

In the previous article (Templating Debian GNU/Linux (1/2) I gave an overview about steps which should be taken in preparation of creating a VM template (dehydration), steps required after deployment of a VM template (rehydration) and the idea of applying customizations using the OVF environment. This article shows …

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Templating Debian GNU/Linux (1/2)

Dehydration

Distributing pre-installed (Debian) GNU/Linux virtual machine templates requires some steps to create clean and secure templates. You should consider at least to:

  • drop local root password: fight against known default passwords and known password hashes
  • drop SSH host keys: prevent private key leaks and prevent MITM
  • drop various …
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