You can import images in the VMware Integrated OpenStack dashboard.

The following image formats are supported:

  • VMDK

  • ISO

  • OVA

  • RAW

  • QCOW2

  • VDI

  • VHD


ISO images cannot be used to create volumes.


  1. Log in to the VMware Integrated OpenStack dashboard as a cloud administrator.
  2. Select the admin project from the drop-down menu in the title bar.
  3. Select Admin > Compute > Images and click Create Image.
  4. Configure the image.



    Image Name

    Enter a name for the image.

    Image Description

    Enter a description for the image.

    Image Source

    Select the image file.


    Select ISO or VMDK.

    For images in OVA, RAW, QCOW2, VDI, or VHD formats, select VMDK as the disk format.

    Disk Adapter Type

    For VMDK images, select the adapter type.

    Minimum Disk (GB)

    Specify the minimum disk size for the image in gigabytes.

    Minimum RAM (MB)

    Specify the minimum RAM for the image in megabytes.


    Select Public to make the image available to all projects or Private to make the image available only to the current project.


    Select Yes to prevent the image from being deleted.

  5. (Optional) Click Next and configure metadata for the image.
  6. Click Create Image.

What to do next

Tenants can launch OpenStack instances using the imported image. For instructions, see Start an OpenStack Instance from an Image.

In the Actions column next to an image, you can edit the image, update its metadata, delete the image, or create a volume from the image.