The last months I built a lot of environments for tests with IBM Connections Componentpack, Rancher, plain Kubernetes, IBM Domino and some more. In former years, I deployed single virtual machines, cloned them and created snapshots to "easily" jump back in cases of errors. Then I found Packer, which helped me to automate the first virtual machines on my local notebook. Now I use Packer to create templates for VMware vSphere, which then are deployed and multiplied with Terraform. Terraform needs some packages installed in the template, that it can provision virtual machines on vSphere. Open VM-Tools

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