One thing that I’ve been looking to do at my home is to use a more sophisticated container orchestrator. Nomad works well with Hashicorp Vault and that allows for a lot of automated security setup with containers. Setting up Nomad wasn’t difficult and working with a development server is fairly easy. I use Ubuntu so if you have another flavor of linux or another OS altogether, please use this link directly from the documentation.

Add Repository and Install

Run the following to add the repository:

curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-add-repository "deb [arch=amd64] $(lsb_release -cs) main"
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install nomad

Start Dev Server

Starting the development server is a simple command. Then you can interact with it for learning/testing purposes.

sudo nomad agent -dev -bind -log-level INFO

In another terminal you will be able to interact using the nomad command.

Basic Commands

Monitor logs on the server

nomad server monitor

See members of the cluster

nomad server members

Initialize a Job file

nomad job init

Run a Job

nomad job run /path/to/job/file

Vagrant Dev Environment

Hashicorp has a Vagrantfile for a development environment. Run the following to setup the environment.

curl -O
vagrant up

Vagrant Cluster

I wanted to get a more realistic test environment for learning how Nomad works. I made a Vagrantfile that creates a cluster for a learning environment. The GitHub respository can be found here.

Here are the commands needed to start up the Nomad cluster.

git clone
cd nomad-cluster
vagrant up