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Debian images on Microsoft Azure cloud

Hi all,

as announced during DebConf15 and in <55D03D49.1030608@debian.org> and
Microsoft contracted credativ to build and maintain Debian images for
their public cloud infrastructure "Microsoft Azure".  Microsoft intends
to endorse Debian and provide support for Debian Jessie and Wheezy

In the past months credativ setup infrastructure to automatically build
and publish Debian Jessie and Wheezy images.  The build process consists
of a published set of tools that automate everything from building to
uploading of images.[1]  It is conducted using a public accessible
Jenkins instance.[2]

The image build process uses a fork of the current OpenStack image build
script, which we intend to merge back to upstream.  This script is
included in our tool set.  There are two modifications to a standard
Debian Jessie/Wheezy image:
- isc-dhcp is imported from -proposed-updates to include a bugfix.[3]
- waagent in included in version 2.0 on request of Microsoft, which
  can't be provided via backports at the moment.[4]  Microsoft
  works on getting version 2.1 ready for production, this version is
  currently in Stretch and can be provided via backports at least for
Additionaly the wheezy image uses the kernel 3.16, initramfs-tools and
init-system-helpers from backports.

Microsoft itself conducts CI tests of selected images using a published
set of tools.[5]  Results of this tests are not public.

Microsoft would like to use the Debian name and logo to promote those
Debian images in the Azure Marketplace.[6]  credativ will maintain and
enhance those Debian images and Debian developers at credativ will
accompany this process.

Bastian Blank and Martin Zobel-Helas

[1]: https://gitlab.credativ.com/de/azure-manage
[2]: https://debian-manage.cloudapp.net/
[3]: #795227, updated via #800006 and #801201
[4]: http://anonscm.debian.org/cgit/users/waldi/waagent.git/log/?h=private-2.0
[5]: https://github.com/Azure/azure-linux-automation
[6]: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/

Martin Zobel-Helas
Technischer Leiter Betrieb
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E-Mail: martin.zobel-helas@credativ.de
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