KIWI Image Description for Google Compute Engine

A virtual disk image which is able to boot in the Google Compute Engine cloud framework has to comply the following constraints:

  • KIWI type must be an expandable disk

  • Google Compute Engine init must be installed

  • Disk size must be set to 10G

  • Kernel parameters must allow for serial console

To meet this requirements update the KIWI image description as follows:

  1. Software packages

    Make sure to add the following packages to the package list


    Package names used in the following list matches the package names of the SUSE distribution and might be different on other distributions.

    <package name="google-compute-engine-init"/>
  2. Image Type definition

    To allow the image to be expanded to the configured disk geometry of the instance started by Google Compute Engine it is suggested to let KIWI’s OEM boot code take over that task. It would also be possible to try cloud-init’s resize module but we found conflicts when two cloud init systems, google-compute-engine-init and cloud-init were used together. Thus for now we stick with KIWI’s boot code which can resize the disk from within the initrd before the system gets activated through systemd.

    Update the vmx image type setup to be changed into an expandable (oem) type as follows:

    <type image="oem"
          filesystem="ext4" boottimeout="1"
          kernelcmdline="console=ttyS0,38400n8 net.ifnames=0"
      <size unit="M">10240</size>

An image built with the above setup can be uploaded into the Google Compute Engine cloud and registered as image. For further information on how to upload to Google see: google-cloud-sdk on