Using Packer for faster provisioning

terraform packer
2018-04-08
By Thomas Kooi

As a frequent user of Terraform, I have a variety of modules tailored for different purposes, many of which rely on CentOS with a Docker install script. However, while demoing a setup to a co-worker, we encountered a significant delay — about seven minutes — for a Terraform apply to complete with an install script. Determined to improve this, I dedicated my Sunday to exploring Packer. Given my extensive use of Terraform, delving into Packer seemed like a natural next step.

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Using Packer for faster provisioning

As a frequent user of Terraform, I have a variety of modules tailored for different purposes, many of which rely on CentOS with a Docker install script. However, while demoing a setup to a co-worker, we encountered a significant delay — about seven minutes — for a Terraform apply to complete with an install script. Determined to improve this, I dedicated my Sunday to exploring Packer. Given my extensive use of Terraform, delving into Packer seemed like a natural next step.