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Setup a CoreOS Playground

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If you want to test your very own CoreOS "fleet"

I recommend using Vagrant and VirtualBox. If you have them installed fire up a terminal and go to where you keep your Vagrant files and:

$ git clone https://github.com/coreos/coreos-vagrant.git
$ cd coreos-vagrant

Now you have to edit two files before starting your cluster: user.data and config.rb.

In order to initialize a cluster (or fleet, or hive, or whatever you want to call your group of CoreOS machines) you will need an etcd discovery URL to bootstrap the cluster and elect an initial etcd leader. To do this you will need to replace <token> with your own URL from https://discovery.etcd.io/new before you vagrant up. If you ever destroy your cluster with vagrant destroy you will need to get a new token and update this file again before you vagrant up.

Start Machines Using Vagrant's default VirtualBox Provider

Start the machine(s):

$ vagrant up

List the status of the running machines:

$ vagrant status
Current machine states:

core-01                   running (virtualbox)
core-02                   running (virtualbox)
core-03                   running (virtualbox)

This environment represents multiple VMs. The VMs are all listed
above with their current state. For more information about a specific
VM, run `vagrant status NAME`.

Connect to one of the machines:

$ vagrant ssh core-01 -- -A
  • Each unit of computing is described by a unit file (files because neckbeards know to keep things simple). Here's what it looks like - this example is just running a dockerfile to run busybox and then a bash command to echo "Hello World" repeatedly.
Description=My Service

ExecStart=/usr/bin/docker run busybox /bin/sh -c "while true; do echo Hello World; sleep 1; done"



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