Distributions

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Prebuilt distribution options

Preseed/Kickstart/installerconfig files used and other source material
This can be installed directly from the latest management console using option 9. Users of the legacy management console can install these by booting from the live rescue, please see untarring a fresh OS image.

  • CentOS 6 (updated January 27, 2018)
  • CentOS 7 with kernel-plus (updated March 21, 2018)
  • CentOS 7 with kernel-plus and distribution Docker preinstalled and docker LVM volume group (updated March 21, 2018)
  • Debian Wheezy 7 (updated January 27, 2018)
  • Debian Jessie 8 (updated February 8, 2018)
  • Debian Jessie 8 with SysVinit (updated February 8, 2018)
  • Debian Stretch 9 (updated February 8, 2018)
  • Debian Stretch 9 with SysVinit (updated February 8, 2018)
  • Fedora 26 (updated January 27, 2018)
  • Fedora 27 (updated February 12, 2018)
  • FreeBSD 11.1 (HVM only, BETA - static IPv6 must be manually configured - prefixlen is 64, GW is <prefix>::1) (updated November 2017)
  • Ubuntu Trusty 14.04 (updated January 27, 2018)
  • Ubuntu Xenial 16.04 (updated January 27, 2018)
  • Ubuntu Xenial 16.04 with distribution Docker preinstalled and docker LVM volume group (updated January 27, 2018)
  • Ubuntu Artful 17.10 with ifupdown (updated January 27, 2018)

Netboot Installers

Instead of manually downloading a netboot installer or using one of our prebuilt images, you may interactively use a netboot installer we already downloaded. These may be accessed using option 6 from the latest management console or from the initial grub menu on the legacy management console. Here is a full list of available netboot installers:

  • Centos 6 (January 27, 2018)
  • Centos 7.3, interoperable with CentOS 7.4 (March 21, 2018)
  • Debian Wheezy 7 (January 27, 2018)
  • Debian Jessie 8 (February 8, 2018)
  • Debian Stretch 9 (February 8, 2018)
  • Fedora 26 (January 27, 2018)
  • Fedora 27 (February 12, 2018)
  • FreeBSD 11.1 (HVM only) (November 10, 2017)
  • NetBSD 7.1.2 (March 21, 2018)
  • OpenBSD 6.3 (HVM only) (April 3, 2018)
  • Ubuntu Trusty 14.04 (January 27, 2018)
  • Ubuntu Xenial 16.04 (January 27, 2018)
  • Ubuntu Artful 17.10 (January 27, 2018)

Netboot Installers and Paravirtualized mode

For PV VPS's, at the end of the install either you must have the file (hd0,0)/boot/grub/menu.lst present to boot with grub legacy (pvgrub), or you must have a grub2 config file and switch to booting with grub 2. For more information on grub 2 see here.
Here are some notes on making your system bootable in PV mode:

Notes for Ubuntu Artful 17.10

Ubuntu Artful originally shipped with systemd-networkd. We have disabled it in our images, in favor of the ifupdown scheme used by many other supported distributions.

Notes for CentOS 7

Recently, we announced on our blog that CentOS 7.4 would not boot for paravirtualized guests. You can find more details in our blog post about the CentOS 7.4 PV issue. In order to guarantee that new CentOS 7 installs would boot for both PV and HVM guests, we are currently using the CentOS Plus kernel in our CentOS 7 images, rather than the stock CentOS kernel.