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Hide the cloud-base init screen during Booting

asked 2014-12-17 17:14:17 +0300

alexj.idig gravatar image


We are creating Windows images for our cloud. Is there an option to hide the cloud-base init screen during booting a Windows instance for the first time. I've a screenshot for it but I couldn't attach it.

Also, can you please provide the cloudbase-init configuration for enabling Windows automatic license activation on new instances.

Thanks. Alex James.

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Thanks for the fix. It worked fine. Also, is possible to use the default 'administrator' user for cloudbase-init. Thing is, customers get confused with two administrator users and most of the customers do not like to retrieve the 'Admin' password from nova client using get-password command. We tried setting 'administrator' user in cloudbase-init conf but password wasn't working after the instance is created.

alexj.idig gravatar imagealexj.idig ( 2014-12-26 05:09:18 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-12-17 18:39:46 +0300

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updated 2014-12-18 14:18:00 +0300

For "cloudbase-init screen" you mean the black command line window that shows up during the first boot?

The short answer is yes, we'll add a feature to hide the console window in the next release (max 2 weeks).

If you prefer, you can also change the following line in the unattend.xml available in teh CLoudbase-init conf folder, after install but BEFORE sysprep:

<Path>"%INSTALLDIR%Python27\Scripts\cloudbase-init.exe" --config-file "%CLOUDBASEINITCONFFOLDER%cloudbase-init-unattend.conf"</Path>

With a script that will hide the window, e.g.:

<Path>PowerShell.exe -windowstyle hidden "%INSTALLDIR%Python27\Scripts\cloudbase-init.exe" --config-file "%CLOUDBASEINITCONFFOLDER%cloudbase-init-unattend.conf"</Path>

Regarding licensing, to activate the current Windows instance you can add the following option in the configuration file:

activate_windows = true
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answered 2014-12-18 12:02:02 +0300

alexj.idig gravatar image


Thanks for your reply.

Yes, the "black command line window" during the booting. Is it possible to hide it?

Thanks for your assistance on this.

Alex James

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The short answer is yes (editing the answer to include the details)

alexpilotti gravatar imagealexpilotti ( 2014-12-18 14:15:12 +0300 )edit

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