(See What is a Stemcell? for an introduction to stemcells.)

As described earlier, each resource pool references a specific stemcell on the Director. Before the Director can form a deployment, all referenced stemcells must be uploaded to the Director.

Finding Stemcells

The stemcells section of bosh.io lists official stemcells.

Uploading to the Director

Assuming the CLI is already targeted at the Director, the CLI provides a single command to upload a stemcell.

  • If you have a URL to a stemcell tarball (for example URL provided by bosh.io):

    $ bosh upload stemcell [URL] --skip-if-exists
  • If you have a stemcell tarball on your local machine:

    $ bosh upload stemcell ~/Downloads/bosh-stemcell-2751-aws-xen-hvm-ubuntu-trusty-go_agent.tgz --skip-if-exists

Once the command succeeds you can view all uploaded stemcells in the Director:

$ bosh stemcells

| Name                                    | OS            | Version | CID          |
| bosh-aws-xen-hvm-ubuntu-trusty-go_agent | ubuntu-trusty | 2751    | ami-cc27a1a4 |
| bosh-aws-xen-centos-go_agent            | centos-6      | 2710    | ami-a0a674c8 |

(*) Currently in-use

Stemcells total: 2

Deployment Manifest Usage

To use uploaded stemcell in your deployment, stemcell needs to be referenced by one of the resource pools:

- name: redis-servers
  network: default

  # Association with Ubuntu Trusty stemcell for AWS
    name: bosh-aws-xen-hvm-ubuntu-trusty-go_agent
    version: 2751

  cloud_properties: {instance_type: m1.medium}

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