Run your Development Server with Vagrant on VirtualBox on Windows

Use this, when you have no native Docker installation

Posted by Torsten Kleiber on September 28, 2022 Tags: Docker Infrastructure-as-Code Virtual-Development-Server Vagrant VirtualBox Windows

In my series about Modern Infrastructure for your Virtual Development Server I will now start my Server with Vagrant in VirtualBox on Windows. Again I will use Jenkins as example for this. See how this works.

Here you see the architecture overview:

virtual development server vagrant and virtualbox on windows

I use this architecture here in windows, but it should work similar on all environments, where Vagrant and VirtualBox is available for.

At first I install Vagrant and VirtualBox with Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack.

Via this Vagrantfile I create my infrastructure:

Vagrant.configure(2) do |config| = "bento/ubuntu-22.04" (1) "forwarded_port", guest: 8080, host: 8080 (2)
  config.vm.provider "virtualbox" do |vb| = "DevelopmentServer"
    vb.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--cpus", "2"] (3)
  config.vm.provision "shell"  do |s|
    s.path = "" (4)
1 Use a Ubuntu box with vagrant user preinstalled as official boxes does not have vagrant user and some other operating systems require Docker EE.
2 Forward the port from Jenkins Docker container to my local host.
3 Workaround "kernel panic" issue with current VirtualBox version by configuring at least 2 CPU’s.
4 Call provisioning script for installing Docker itself and the Jenkins Container.

Sure I could create the whole server here, but instead I install only Docker und run then the same Dockerfile as in my blog Run your Development Server on Docker Desktop on Windows.

sudo apt-get update -y
sudo apt-get install -y \
    ca-certificates \
    curl \
    gnupg \
sudo mkdir -p /etc/apt/keyrings
curl -fsSL | sudo gpg --dearmor -o /etc/apt/keyrings/docker.gpg
echo \
  "deb [arch=$(dpkg --print-architecture) signed-by=/etc/apt/keyrings/docker.gpg] \
  $(lsb_release -cs) stable" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/docker.list > /dev/null
sudo apt-get update -y
sudo apt-get install -y docker-ce docker-ce-cli docker-compose-plugin
sudo service docker start

pushd /vagrant || exit
sudo docker compose up --detach
1 Install Docker Engine on Ubuntu as described here
2 Change to automatically mapped source directory and start the Docker Compose file.

From the directory of your files you can now use following commands to control your Development Server:

vagrant up
vagrant halt

The first start needs some time, as the provisioning takes place one time.

If you start your server you should see the following in the Docker Desktop Console:

As your server is running you can now access it via localhost:8080:

virtual development server docker desktop on windows unlock jenkins

How do you get now the initial password?

vagrant ssh (1)
sudo docker ps (2)
sudo docker exec -it vagrant-jenkins-1 more var/jenkins_home/secrets/initialAdminPassword (3)
1 open console to your VirtualBox guest
2 list the runnung docker Container, in my case vagrant-jenkins-1 is the name listed for my container under the names columns there
3 show the initial password from the mentioned path in the screenshot

You find all sources on GitHub.

That’s it!