Provisioning VMware Workstation Machines from Artifactory with Vagrant

I wrote a small
and helper library for provisioning VMware VMs from boxes hosted on Artifactory. I put this together with the intent of helping us easily provision our Rancher/Cattle/Docker-based platform wholesale on our machines to test changes before pushing them up.

Here it is:

Tests are to be added soon! I’m thinking Cucumber integration tests with unit tests on the helper methods and Vagrantfile correctness.

I also tried to emphasize small, isolated and easily readable methods with short call chains and zero side effects.

The pipeline would look roughly like this:

  • Clone repo containing our Terraform configurations, cookbooks and this Vagrantfile
  • Make changes
  • Do unit tests (syntax, linting, coverage, etc)
  • Integrate by spinning up a mock Rancher/Cattle/whatever environment with Vagrant
  • Run integration tests (do lb’s work, are services reachable, etc)
  • Vagrant destroy for teardown
  • Terraform apply to push changes to production

We haven’t gotten this far yet, but this Vagrantfile is a good starting point.


Wiring up Docker on Windows to Ubuntu on Windows

Getting docker running on Ubuntu on Windows is pretty simple. After installing the Docker Windows engine and restarting, run this in a bash session to bind the two together:

export DOCKER_HOST=tcp://

Pop this into your .bashrc and never think about it again.

Thanks to this StackOverflow post for the tip.