If the bare metal management machine has a
~/.bitcoin directory and it contains block and/or chainstate, it can be mounted into the SSME allowing it to load block/chainistate data onto remote LXD endpoints. The goal is to avoid performing IBD since it has already been done by your management machine.
The work to mount the data on the management plane side is complete as well as pushing that data from the SSME to a storage volume during the base image creation process. What is NOT complete is finally getting that data mounted into more than one VM. Was hoping to create a snapshot then mount that snapshot into each VM so they share common block data on disk.