Up And SSH

It is time to boot your first Vagrant environment. Run the following from your terminal:

$ vagrant up

In less than a minute, this command will finish and you will have a virtual machine running Ubuntu. You will not actually see anything though, since Vagrant runs the virtual machine without a UI. To prove that it is running, you can SSH into the machine:

$ vagrant ssh

This command will drop you into a full-fledged SSH session. Go ahead and interact with the machine and do whatever you want. Although it may be tempting, be careful about rm -rf /, since Vagrant shares a directory at /vagrant with the directory on the host containing your Vagrantfile, and this can delete all those files. Shared folders will be covered in the next section.

Take a moment to think what just happened: With just one line of configuration and one command in your terminal, we brought up a fully functional, SSH accessible virtual machine. Cool. The SSH session can be terminated with CTRL+D.

vagrant@precise64:~$ logout
Connection to closed.

When you are done fiddling around with the machine, run vagrant destroy back on your host machine, and Vagrant will terminate the use of any resources by the virtual machine.

Next Steps

You have successfully created and interacted with your first Vagrant environment! Read on to learn more about synced folders.

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