How to deploy machines with MAAS

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This page explains how to deploy machines with MAAS. You may also want to learn how images get deployed.

Deploy machines

To deploy allocated machines in MAAS:

  • In the MAAS UI, select Machines > machine(s) > Take action > Deploy > Deploy machines. While a machine is deploying its status will change to Deploying to ‘OS’, where ‘OS’ is the name of the OS being deployed (e.g. ‘Deploying to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS’). Once a machine has finished deploying its status will change to just the name of the OS (e.g. ‘Ubuntu 18.04 LTS’).

  • Via the MAAS CLI, execute the following commands:

    maas $PROFILE machine deploy $SYSTEM_ID
    

    To deploy a node as a KVM host:

    maas $PROFILE machine deploy $SYSTEM_ID install_kvm=True
    

Set deployment timeout (CLI)

By default, when you deploy a machine, MAAS will consider the deployment a failure if it doesn’t complete within 30 minutes. You can configure this timeout, if you wish, with the command:

maas $PROFILE maas set-config name=node-timeout value=$NUMBER_OF_MINUTES

Add running machines (CLI)

Via the API/CLI, you can create a machine, passing the deployed flag:

$ maas $profile machines create deployed=true hostname=mymachine \   
architecture=amd64 mac_addresses=00:16:3e:df:35:bb power_type=manual

Add a running machine from the machine itself

On the machine itself (the recommended way, if the machine is running Ubuntu), you can download a helper script from MAAS and create the machine that way:

$ wget http://$MAAS_IP:5240/MAAS/maas-run-scripts
$ chmod 755 maas-run-scripts
$ ./maas-run-scripts register-machine --hostname mymachine \
 > http://$MAAS_IP:5240/MAAS $MAAS_API_TOKEN

Now you have a machine in MAAS that’s in the deployed state, with no hardware information yet.

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