Tech Talk on Vagrant [HCM-Sept]


Tech Talk in HCMC this September was a great event. We gathered a group of 25 IT professionals in HCMC and had an awesome time discussing Vagrant.

Topic: Vagrant – Automate your dev environment in 1 command

Speaker: Khanh Tran, Leader of Advanced Technology Group from Glandore Systems

The presentation can be found here:

As a developer, I dreamed a dream:

  • Automated As Much As Possible
  • Quickly On-Board New Team Members
  • As close to production environment as possible
  • Share Across Your Team
  • Share Environment Updates with Team
  • Use Source Control to Track Changes

Possible Solutions:

  • 1Mb long INSTALL.txt 🙂 – the hard way
  • Deployment automation tools (Puppet, Maven, Graddle) – need a clean machine
  • Virtual machine …each image ~ 8Gb

The solution: Vagrant

Create and configure lightweight, reproducible, and portable development environments.


vagrant code

After running the above two commands, you have a fully running virtual machine in VirtualBox running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit.

What is Vagrant?

  1. Configuration
  2. Boxes
  3. Provisioner
  4. Networking
  5. Synced folders
  6. Multi-machine setup
  7. Providers
  8. Plugins

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Live demo

  • Real-time chat app with BalloonsIO
  • Setting up a Vagrant LAMP
  • Editing code
  • Vagrant up to Amazon AWS

Tips & Tricks

  • System memory – you need it ‘enough’
  • Disk – you need a complete OS on virtual machine, be prepared to give at least 10 Gb per instance
  • Speed – of course there’s some slowdown due to virtualization
  • Move VMs folders to another disk use VirtualBox preferences



Vagrant is not

  • a virtual machine
  • a SDK

Vagrant is

  • a lightweight tool
  • easy
  • fun

Resources and references:

Thank you everyone for coming to Tech Talk on Vagrant. It was a pleasure to have you there, and we look forward to seeing you again in future Tech Talks!

Gifts from ITviec to outstanding attendees

Gifts from ITviec to outstanding attendees

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In case you missed this Tech Talk, no worries. We have another Tech Talk coming in October. Stay tuned for the details later!

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