Building a Virtual Test Environment

This option for building an environment uses a Vagrant project powered by Chef to bring up a local Riak CS cluster. Each node can run either Ubuntu 12.04 or CentOS 6.5 64-bit with 1536MB of RAM by default. If you want to tune the OS or node/memory count, you’ll have to edit the Vagrantfile directly.

If you want to build a testing environment with more flexibility in configuration and durability across environment resets, there are instructions for Building a Local Test Environment.


Install Prerequisites

Note: Please make sure to install Vagrant 1.1.0 and above.

Install Vagrant plugins

Install the following Vagrant plugins:

vagrant plugin install vagrant-berkshelf
vagrant plugin install vagrant-omnibus
vagrant plugin install vagrant-cachier # Use RIAK_CS_USE_CACHE to enable

Clone the Repository

In order to begin, it is necessary to clone a GitHub repository to your local machine and change directories into the cloned folder.

git clone
cd vagrant-riak-cs-cluster

Launch Cluster

With VirtualBox and Vagrant installed, it’s time to launch our virtual environment. The command below will initiate the Vagrant project:


If you haven’t already downloaded the Ubuntu or CentOS Vagrant box, this step will download it.

Recording Admin User credentials

In the Chef provisioning output, you will see entries that look like this:

[2013-03-27T11:59:12+00:00] INFO: Riak CS Key: 5N2STDSXNV-US8BWF1TH
[2013-03-27T11:59:12+00:00] INFO: Riak CS Secret: RF7WD0b3RjfMK2cTaPfLkpZGbPDaeALDtqHeMw==

Take note of these keys as they will be required in the testing step.

In this case, those keys are:

Access key: 5N2STDSXNV-US8BWF1TH
Secret key: RF7WD0b3RjfMK2cTaPfLkpZGbPDaeALDtqHeMw==

Next Steps

Congratulations! You have deployed a virtualized environment of Riak CS. You are ready to progress to Testing the Riak CS Installation.

Stopping Your Virtual Environment

When you are done testing or simply want to start again from scratch, you can end the current virtualized environment:

vagrant destroy

Note: Executing this command will reset the environment to a clean state, removing any and all changes that you have committed.