Images are delivered to MAAS via the SimpleStreams protocol and the mirroring of these images is worthy of consideration. This option is especially useful when your environment has a slow or unreliable internet link. In such cases, when the images are requested they will be instantly available and the disadvantaged link will be less readily apparent.
Begin by installing the necessary software on the host that will house the mirror:
sudo apt install simplestreams
First define some variables to unclutter eventual CLI commands:
KEYRING_FILE=/usr/share/keyrings/ubuntu-cloudimage-keyring.gpg IMAGE_SRC=https://images.maas.io/ephemeral-v2/daily/ IMAGE_DIR=/var/www/html/maas/images/ephemeral-v2/daily
Note: If you wish to use older images (which change far less frequently, but which will lack security updates), you can use the 'releases' stream. Simply replace the word 'daily' with 'releases' in two of the above variables.
The below example is a good choice for the year 2016. It selects all available kernels that are compatible with either Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty) and Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial) for the amd64 architecture, representing a download of approximately 2.3 GB:
sudo sstream-mirror --keyring=$KEYRING_FILE $IMAGE_SRC $IMAGE_DIR \ 'arch=amd64' 'release~(trusty|xenial)' --max=1 --progress
To know in advance what the
sstream-mirror command will grab and/or if you
want to save bandwidth and time due to possible mis-selections, include the
--dry-run option. When you are satisfied, remove that option to initiate the
The images will be written to disk in the directory defined by the variable 'IMAGE_DIR' above and the 'location' of the new boot source will be:
<myserver> identifies your server's hostname or IP address.
Verify the availability of the images by visiting the above URL.
sstream-mirror command should be invoked at regular intervals (i.e.
cron) to ensure the mirror contains the latest images.
To point MAAS to the local image server (mirror) using the web UI navigate to the Settings tab and scroll down to the 'Boot Images' section. Then fill in the fields 'Sync URL' and 'Keyring Path' using the values, respectively, for variables 'URL' and 'KEYRING_FILE' from above.
See CLI Image Management for instructions on how to do this with the CLI.