Running multiple VMs in vagrant by Fabian Bull on September 19, 2016

This post is the first in a series where I want to setup a Hadoop cluster which can than be used for development and in testing.

So with out further ado let’s start.

Installing Vagrant and Virtualbox

The tools we are going to use are Vagrant (to manage the boxes) and Virtualbox (as a hypervisor).

If you are on a mac installing both is as easy as:

brew install vagrant virtualbox

Other operating system should be comparably easy.

Setting up the boxes

I’d like to use Ubuntu 16.04 (LTS) for my boxes. Searching the vagrantcloud I found: bento/ubuntu-16.04. To use it create a file called Vagrantfile with the following content:

Vagrant.configure("2") do |config|
  config.vm.define :server1 do |server1| = "bento/ubuntu-16.04" :private_network, ip: ""

  config.vm.define :server2 do |server2| = "bento/ubuntu-16.04" :private_network, ip: ""

Spinning up the boxes

Starting both machines is as easy as:

vagrant up

Both servers are now up and running. You can ssh into server1 with:

vagrant ssh server1

To see if server2 to is also up and running, we can ping it:

vagrant ssh server1
vagrant@vagrant:~$ ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.562 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.562 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=0.537 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=64 time=0.535 ms