Vagrant: Tutorial for Beginners

Vagrant: Tutorial for Beginners

This article is a beginner guide explain What is Vagrant, why to use and what It really mean for you.

Before that Just understand

What is Vagrant?

Vagrant is one of the popular tools for building and managing virtual machine (VM) environments. It has an easy-to-use workflow and focuses on automation.
With the help of Vagrant, we can reduce development environment setup time, increases production parity, and makes the "works on my machine" excuse a relic of the past.

Vagrant is suitable for any type of development environment.

Why to use Vagrant?

Vagrant provides easy to configure, reproducible, and portable work environments It is built on top of industry-standard technology and controlled by a single consistent workflow to help maximize the productivity and flexibility of you and your team.

To achieve this, Vagrant stands on the shoulders of giants. Machines are provisioned on top of VirtualBox, VMware, AWS, or any other service provider.
Then, industry-standard provisioning tools such as shell scripts, Chef, or Puppet, can automatically install and configure software on the virtual machine.

To understand the importance of Vagrant let’s take an example where we need the app, DB and Web Server for Some testing purposes.

If we try to set up a machine using the normal process it is going to take a considerable amount of time and effort.

But using Vagrant we can configure and use this machine quickly as we installation time and effort has been reduced significantly.

Vagrant for Developers

If you are a developer, Vagrant will help you to isolate dependencies and their corresponding configuration within a single disposable, consistent environment, without sacrificing any of the tools you are used to working with (editors, browsers, debuggers, etc.). 

Once you or someone else creates a single Vagrantfile, we just need to vagrant up and everything is installed and configured for you to work. Other members of our team create their development environments from the same configuration, so whether you are working on Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows, all your team members are running code in the same environment, against the same dependencies, all configured the same way. Say goodbye to "works on my machine" bugs.

Vagrant for Operators

If you are an operations engineer or DevOps engineer, Vagrant gives you a disposable environment and consistent workflow for developing and testing infrastructure management scripts.

With this, you can quickly test things like shell scripts, Chef cookbooks, Puppet modules, and more using local virtualization such as VirtualBox or VMware. 
Then, with the same configuration, you can test these scripts on remote clouds such as AWS or RackSpace with the same workflow. 

Ditch your custom scripts to recycle EC2 instances, stop juggling SSH prompts to various machines, and start using Vagrant to bring sanity to your life.

Vagrant for Everyone

Vagrant is designed for everyone as the easiest and fastest way to create a virtualized environment!



My Name is Ankur Jain and I am currently working as Automation Test Architect.I am ISTQB Certified Test Manager,Certified UI Path RPA Developer as well as Certified Scrum Master with total 12 years of working experience with lot of big banking clients around the globe.I love to Design Automation Testing Frameworks with Selenium,Appium,Protractor,Cucumber,Rest-Assured, Katalon Studio and currently exploring lot in Dev-OPS as well. I am currently staying in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Please Connect with me through Contact Us page of this website.

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