Deploying galaxy-kickstart on local virtual machine (VM) using vagrant.

GalaxyKickStart is designed to be flexible and powerful, but for demonstration purposes we start a simple vagrant box that runs this playbook. Following these instructions will not change the host system. Alternatively, see examples/docker for running the playbook in docker, or getting started for running the playbook on local or remote machines.


To follow the examples ansible, vagrant and git need to be installed.

Running the playbook on a Virtual Machine

The Vagrantfile describes a Virtual Machine (VM) that is based on Ubuntu 14.04 (codename trusty).

   Vagrant.configure(VAGRANTFILE_API_VERSION) do |config| = "ubuntu/trusty64" "forwarded_port", guest: 80, host: 8080 "forwarded_port", guest: 21, host: 2121

      config.vm.provider "virtualbox" do |v|
         v.memory = 4096

      config.vm.provision "ansible" do |ansible|
         ansible.extra_vars = {
            ntp_server: "",
            ansible_ssh_user: 'vagrant'
         ansible.verbose = 'vvvv'
         ansible.playbook = "galaxy.yml"

By default, port 8080 will be forwarded to port 80, and port 2121 will be forwarded to port 21 (for FTP), and 4096 MB of memory will be attributed to the VM. Enter the playbook directory cd GalaxyKickStart and type vagrant up to download a VM image and run the galaxy.yml playbook.

This will take a while. Once finished, you should find a running Galaxy Instance on http://localhost:8080 . If you would like to see the internals of the VM, you can log into the machine by typing vagrant ssh.

vagrant up makes use of the ansible provisioner and is equivalent of starting a vagrant machine without the ansible provisioner and running ansible through an ssh connection to the vagrant machine (which listens by default on port 2222) The hosts inventory file contains an example for directly pointing ansible to the vagrant machine. Uncomment the vagrant specific lines and comment or remove the remaining lines:

#localhost ansible_ssh_user="root" ansible_ssh_private_key_file="~/.ssh/id_rsa"
#localhost ansible_connection=local
# Uncomment the 2 lines below to point ansible to a local vagrant machine.
localhost ansible_user="vagrant" ansible_port=2222 ansible_private_key_file=.vagrant/machines/default/virtualbox/private_key
# Put you aws IP and key here to make FTP work in the default VPC.
# If you want further group-specific variables, put the host in these groups as well [e.g artimed].

To run the playbook again, type

ansible-playbook --inventory-file=<your_inventory> galaxy.yml

Cleaning up

The VM image and various config files have been written to the .vagrant folder. Type vagrant halt to stop the running instance and vagrant destroy to remove the VM, and then delete the .vagrant folder.