Using Docker Machine to run your Docker Containers in Rackspace
Docker announced Docker Machine in December 2014. This clever new software eliminates the need to create virtual machines and install Docker before starting Docker containers on them. It handles the provisioning and install process for you behind the scenes. You can learn more about Docker Machines at its GitHub project page.
Let's take a quick look at how we can get some of this awesomeness!
Docker Machine has not yet been released, which means you have to download the
docker-machine binary from https://github.com/docker/machine/releases. There aren't any dependencies to install, so you can just rename it to
docker-machine and place it into your path somewhere.
Unsurprisingly, you'll also need your API-key and Rackspace username. If you're unsure about how or where to get those, please follow these instructions.
Create your first Docker Host
We can now user
docker-machine to create our Docker host:
docker-machine create --driver rackspace \ --rackspace-api-key $YOUR_API_KEY \ --rackspace-username $YOUR_USERNAME \ --rackspace-region DFW my-first-docker-machine-host
This step will take a few minutes. If you want to streamline your command further, you can export your credentials and region in the environment variables
OS_REGION_NAME. This reduces the command to:
docker-machine create --driver rackspace my-second-docker-machine-host
In either case, you should see something along the lines of:
INFO Creating server... Name=my-second-docker-machine-host INFO "my-second-docker-machine-host" has been created and is now the active machine INFO To connect: docker $(machine config my-second-docker-machine-host) ps
Some other basic operations
We can also perform some other basic management tasks:
# show the active "machine" (the default one) docker-machine active # displaying a complete list of details docker-machine inspect my-first-docker-machine-host # display the docker-client connection details for a machine docker-machine config my-first-docker-machine # removing a machine docker-machine rm my-first-docker-machine-host
More information can be found here.
Lets actually put this to work
Lastly, we simply use the
docker command and extract the matching config via the
docker `docker-machine config my-second-docker-machine-host` run --name my-redis-container -d redis
We can then run the
ps command to check on our container:
docker `docker-machine config my-second-docker-machine-host` ps CONTAINER ID IMAGE COMMAND CREATED STATUS PORTS NAMES 3cff35053aee redis:latest /entrypoint.sh redi 35 minutes ago Up 5 minutes 6379/tcp my-redis-container
We confirm that Redis is indeed running and accepting connections. In order to do so, we spin up a mini container, drop to the console, and use telnet to see if Redis
docker `docker-machine config my-second-docker-machine-host` run --link my-redis-container:redis -it --rm busybox / >>> telnet redis 6379 PING +PONG
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