MAAS Documentation (snap/2.8/CLI)

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MAAS is Metal As A Service, a service that lets you treat physical servers like virtual machines – instances – in the cloud. No need for you to manage servers individually: MAAS turns your bare metal into an elastic, cloud-like resource.

Five questions you might have:

  1. What is MAAS – and what does it really do for me?
  2. Can you show me an example data centre using MAAS?
  3. How does MAAS work – in detail?
  4. What concepts might I need to understand before starting?
  5. Can I just install it and try it for myself?

Part of the machine list from Metaphorical General Hospital, our example data centre, generated with the basic-machine-list recipe in our CLI cookbook.

New version of MAAS

Getting support

There are four ways you can get support for MAAS:

  1. Professional support
  2. Ask a question (external link)
  3. IRC (external link)
  4. MAAS 2.5 (and earlier) documentation (external link)


There are (at least) three ways you can contribute to MAAS:

  1. Guide to contributing
  2. Push some code (external link)
  3. File an issue (external link)