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Provisioning a VM from Command Line using Vagrant

13 April 2012

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Web developers use virtual environments every day with their web applications. From EC2 and Rackspace Cloud to specialized solutions such as EngineYard and Heroku, virtualization is the tool of choice for easy deployment and infrastructure management. Vagrant aims to take those very same principles and put them to work in the heart of the application lifecycle. By providing easy to configure, lightweight, reproducible, and portable virtual machines targeted at development environments, Vagrant helps maximize the productivity and flexibility of you and your team.

Here is a quick getting started with Vagrant:

Install Oracle VirtualBox →

Install Vagrant →

Add a Base Box → (or try Artisan of Code →)

@local: $ vagrant box add $BOXNAME $BOXURL

where $BOXNAME is a box name and $BOXURL is a url to a .box file.
The boxes are saved in ~/.vagrant.d/boxes

[Additional Commands] List and/or Remove boxes:

@local: $ vagrant box list
@local: $ vagrant box remove $BOXNAME

remove removes the .box file from ~/.vagrant.d/boxes

Initalize a VM in a project.

@local: $ git init foo/
@local: [foo] $ vagrant init $BOXNAME

init creates a Vagrantfile in the root of the project that describe the VM characteristics.

[Additional Commands] Destroy the initialized VM:

@local: [foo] $ vagrant destroy

Start the VM and remotely login.

@local: [foo] $ vagrant up
@local: [foo] $ vagrant ssh

[Additional Commands] Suspend and Resume the VM:

@local: [foo] $ vagrant suspend
@local: [foo] $ vagrant resume

[Additional Commands] Shutdown the VM:

@local: [foo] $ vagrant halt

Vagrant VM characteristics

username/password: vagrant/vagrant
sudo access does not require a password

@vagrant: [\vagrant] <-- this is the same as foo with r/w access

Monitor the VM

@local: [foo] $ vagrant status


Switch to Bridged Mode:

# uncomment :bridged


# uncomment
config.vm.forward_port 80, 8080	

Reload the Vagrantfile

@local: [foo] $ vagrant reload

Package the VM as BOX file for distribution

@local: [foo] $ vagrant package	
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