What is an image?


An image is a copy of an operating system that you will launch to run in the cloud.  Currently, CCR supports several Linux operating system images.  At this time, we do not support Microsoft Windows in our research cloud due to complicated licensing restrictions.


To see which images are available under your account, login to the Lake Effect web console and click on Images:




To see which images are available using the command line tools, you can run the command:


openstack image list




NOTE: These images are constantly updated and added to by CCR staff.  Please check out the most recent list by logging into the console or running the openstack command described above.



Can I upload my own image?


CCR users do not have the required access to upload images to the Lake Effect cloud.  However, we will evaluate requests to import images on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact CCR help if this is a service you require.




Creating an image from an instance (snapshot):


Users can create an image out of a running instance.  This comes in handy when you want to duplicate the setup you've done on an instance and launch a new instance that's already configured.  To do this, you would create a snapshot of your instance and then launch a new instance from the newly created image.  More details can be found in this article about snapshots