Note: on our managed Linux workstation Vagrant is already installed.
Start by adding an image of a preconfigured virtual machine to your system. You can find our collection of compact Vagrant boxes at https://share.phys.ethz.ch/~isg/vagrant/.
vagrant box add <boxname> <path/to/vm.box>
I.e., if you want to test out Debian Jessie you would do
vagrant box add jessie 'https://share.phys.ethz.ch/~isg/vagrant/jessie64-core.box'
The box will be copied to
~/.vagrant.d/. To get a list of the boxes that you have available use
vagrant box list
You should remove old boxes you no longer need to free disk space
vagrant box remove <boxname>
You can find more boxes on the internet at sites like http://www.vagrantbox.es/.
Creating and Using a Vagrant Box
Next you have to create an initial
Vagrantfile — a configuration file — inside some directory
mkdir /path/to/new/vagrant/box cd /path/to/new/vagrant/box vagrant init <boxname>
For the example with Ubuntu precise above this would be
mkdir ~/precise-test cd ~/precise-test vagrant init precise
You may optionally edit the Vagrantfile to customize it to your needs. For instance the box name is defined as
config.vm.box = "boxname"
To start the box use
To connect to the box once it is started use
You will be logged in without password as the user
sudo to issue commands as root. The directory
/vagrant corresponds to the directory where the
To stop the Vagrant box log out and use
Vagrant reaches its full power in combination with a configuration management system, like ansible, to automate the installation of packages and deployment of settings in the virtual machine.
Read the documentation at https://www.vagrantup.com/docs/.