Install a Stand-alone, Multi-node OpenStack Swift Cluster with VirtualBox or VMware Fusion and Vagrant

Published July 14, 2014 • Updated May 10, 2017


The OpenStack Swift developer website describes Swift best:

Swift is a highly available, distributed, eventually consistent object/blob store. Organizations can use Swift to store lots of data efficiently, safely, and cheaply.

For being such a powerful object storage platform, I found it surprisingly easy to setup and configure. However, setup becomes more difficult as the number of nodes, racks, and data centers increase.

But, most of us do not have that many nodes, racks, or data centers and simply want to setup a Swift cluster to play with on our workstation.

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Deploy Rackspace Private Cloud v4.2.x powered by OpenStack Havana with Neutron Networking Using VirtualBox or VMware Fusion and Vagrant

Published December 19, 2013 • Updated June 14, 2014


Rackspace Private Cloud, and OpenStack on its own, can be a formidable set of software to install. Rackspace Private Cloud uses Chef to deploy OpenStack, and while Chef itself has a high learning curve, its use does make deploying OpenStack easier and more scalable.

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Deploy Rackspace Private Cloud Entirely Within a Vagrantfile on VirtualBox or VMware Fusion

Published December 17, 2013 • Updated June 14, 2014


In a couple of previous posts, I detailed step-by-step how to deploy Rackspace Private Cloud v4.1.x powered by OpenStack Grizzly with nova-network and Rackspace Private Cloud v4.2.x powered by OpenStack Havana with Neutron Networking using Vagrant on top of VirtualBox or VMware Fusion.

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Create a CentOS 6 Vagrant Base Box from Scratch Using VMware Fusion

Published October 15, 2013


Vagrant makes it super easy to spin-up local virtual machines using VirtualBox or VMware Fusion. There are many Vagrant Boxes available to use immediately after downloading and installing Vagrant. However, I prefer to know exactly how my virtual machine image is created. This post will walk you through creating a CentOS 6.5 Vagrant Base Box from scratch using VMware Fusion 5 or 6.

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Deploy Rackspace Private Cloud v4.1.x powered by OpenStack Grizzly with nova-network Using VirtualBox or VMware Fusion and Vagrant

Published September 29, 2013 • Updated June 14, 2014


Rackspace Private Cloud, and OpenStack on its own, can be a formidable set of software to install. Rackspace Private Cloud uses Chef to deploy OpenStack, and while Chef itself has a high learning curve, its use does make deploying OpenStack easier and more scalable.

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Create a Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS Vagrant Base Box from Scratch Using VMware Fusion

Published September 12, 2013


Vagrant makes it easy to spin-up local virtual machines using VirtualBox or VMware Fusion. There are many Vagrant Boxes available to use immediately after downloading and installing Vagrant. However, I prefer to know exactly how my virtual machine image is created. This post will walk you through creating a Ubuntu Server 12.04.4 LTS Vagrant Base Box from scratch using VMware Fusion 5 or 6.

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Create VMware Fusion PXE Boot Environment and Use Kickstart Profiles to Create Ubuntu Virtual Machines

Published September 5, 2013 • Updated May 15, 2017


It can be difficult to develop a PXE boot process if you don’t have actual servers to PXE boot. Most of us don’t have a lot of bare metal servers sitting around to use for PXE booting. Luckily, VMware Fusion provides the necessary features to PXE boot virtual machines.

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