Vagrant Quick Start: Virtualized Development Environments
An introduction to setting up and managing development server virtual machines using Vagrant, Virtual Box, and Linux
- Create automatic, reliable, repeatable, easy to use, and versioned development environments
- Write provisioning scripts to automatically setup Vagrant managed environments
- Solve the development box setup problem
- An interest in learning about virtualizing development systems
- Basic computer skills, intermediate experience recommended
- Ability to install software (admin rights)
- Modern Mac / Windows computer (within last 5 years), 64-bit operating system recommended
- Recommended: Virtualization chipset support (VT-x, etc)
- Recommended: Experience using the command line or shell terminal
- Recommended: Exposure to desktop virtualization (VirtualBox, VMWare Player/Workstation, Parallels, etc)
This is an introductory course on Vagrant designed to show how to setup local development environments using Vagrant and related tools.
Introduction provides an overview for the course, cover the core concepts for Vagrant, how to get the course materials.
Quick Installation provides streamlined, fast instructions on how to setup Vagrant, VirtualBox, and other tools needed for the rest of the course on both Windows and Mac platforms. See the Bonus section for full installation processes.
Quick Start walks through the basics of using Vagrant and how to version control (using Git) a project using Vagrant.
Boxes covers how to find, manage and use Vagrant boxes.
Provisioning covers how to write shell provisioners to automatically install software when Vagrant first runs or on demand. Students write a real shell script to provision Tomcat in their Vagrant managed virtual machines.
Conclusion has some final thoughts on Vagrant.
Bonus! sections provide comprehensive, step-by-step installation processes for both Windows and Mac OS X.
Presentations provide audio/video training of conceptual ideas in each major area or introduction of new concepts.
Screencasts provide a video of the instructor’s computer system with any actions, commands, or screens displayed and narrated. There are several hours of screencat video content — it makes up the vast majority of the course.
Several attachments throughout the course provide supplemental information, illustrations, or other reference material.
- Software Engineers, developers, and programmers
- DevOps, IT Operations, Development Support
- IT Managers
- Anyone who hates “It works on my machine!”