Creating a GCE Image for Swarm


It’s possible to provision a custom image on GCE with Replicated and Swarm pre-installed to simplify or speed up instance creation. This example works with distributions that use SystemD such as CentOS 7 or Debian 9.

First start up the base image and ssh into it:

gcloud compute instances create base --image-family=centos-7 --image-project=centos-cloud
gcloud compute ssh base

On the instance, install replicated with swarm as usual:

curl -sSL -o
sudo bash ./ no-proxy public-address=' '

Create a script to update the local address in the Replicated and Replicated Operator services and save it to /usr/bin/replicated-startup:


LOCAL_ADDRESS=$(hostname --ip-address)

docker service update replicated_replicated --env-add LOCAL_ADDRESS=${LOCAL_ADDRESS}
docker service update replicated_replicated-operator --env-add DAEMON_REGISTRY_ENDPOINT=${LOCAL_ADDRESS}:9874
docker service update replicated_replicated-operator --image "${LOCAL_ADDRESS}:9874/replicated/replicated-operator:stable-$(replicatedctl version --quiet)"

Create a SystemD unit file that calls this script after Docker has started and save it as /etc/systemd/system/replicated-startup.service:

Description=Rewrite local address in Replicated services



Enable the service with systemctl enable replicated-startup.service.

Back on your dev machine, stop the instance and create an image from it:

gcloud compute instances stop base
gcloud compute images create swarm --image=base