How to deploy Ubuntu 20.04 packer templates for terraform on VSphere without duplicate IP’s


For a while now I have been struggling with Packer templates built with Ubuntu 20.04 server deployed on VSphere 7.0. When I build the packer image and deploy VM’s with terraform specifying a static IP with terraforms customize block, DHCP would pick up an additional IP address as well as the static IP.

I found that the issue stemmed from packer requiring dhcp assignment for the post deploy ssh shell provisioner. To solve this issue a few lines of code were added to the provisioner to:

  1. Remove netplan config
  2. Remove dhcp from grub file
  3. Update grub
  4. Purge cloud-init


I have included the .hcl code below, after building this template, all terraform provisioned vm’s off this template will only have the static IPs assigned via the customize block.

I have also include a sample below:

I hope this quick write up help anyone with this issue. It took me quite a bit of researching and was unable to find a single solution. I wished that a resource such as this one was available so I decided to make it.

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