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    The closest thing RHEL has to a cloud image is a qcow (download from here). This image has disabled root password, and disabled SSH access ← so what the heck!?

    Method 1: modify image directly

    Really ugly solution. Anyway. On a Ubuntu 16.04, install guestfish and libguesttools, then:

    create root password

    1. Create a password to use. Note it is "digit 1", not a "l" (as in love):

      $ openssl passwd -1 natalie
    2. Modify the image directly:

      $ sudo guestfish --rw -a rhel-server-7.5-x86_64-kvm.qcow2 
      ><fs> run
      ><fs> list-filesystems
      ><fs> mount /dev/sda1 /
      ><fs> vi /etc/shadow

    Now replace the "!!" on line root:... with your password you just created in step 1, save,

    allow ssh root & password

    Modify /etc/ssh/sshd_config and uncomment two places:

    ><fs> vi /etc/ssh/sshd_config
    # Authentication:
    #LoginGraceTime 2m
    PermitRootLogin yes <--- uncomment
    #StrictModes yes
    #MaxAuthTries 6
    #MaxSessions 10
    # To disable tunneled clear text passwords, change to no here!
    PasswordAuthentication yes <-- uncomment
    #PermitEmptyPasswords no

    disable cloud-init

    This is the single gottcha that held me back for weeks. It turned out that cloud-init has a setting to turn PasswordAuthentication back into no even after I have modified sshd_config. How wonderful.

    ><fs> vi /etc/cloud/cloud.cfg
     - default
    disable_root: 0 <-- set to 0, was 1!!
    ssh_pwauth: 1
    disable_ec2_metadata: True
    datasource_list: [ ConfigDrive, None ]
        dsmode: local
    mount_default_fields: [~, ~, 'auto', 'defaults,nofail', '0', '2']
    resize_rootfs_tmp: /dev
    ssh_deletekeys:   0
    ssh_genkeytypes:  ~
    syslog_fix_perms: ~
     - migrator
     - bootcmd
     - write-files
     - growpart
     - resizefs

    Now quit from guetfish terminal. You are done.

    — by Feng Xia



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