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Scripts to create a minimal mesos or nomad cluster on Azure using terraform.

Table of Contents


This creates 5 master and 10 agents in a mesos or nomad cluster. You can change the number of masters with MASTER_COUNT and the number of agents with AGENT_COUNT.

It also creates a "jumpbox" or "bastion host" since all the masters and agents are not publicly accessible.

If you want to ssh into the internal nodes you must first go through the bastion on node.

The username on the nodes is vmuser.

The base image for all the virtual machines is CoreOS Container Linux.

The cloud-config.yml files defines the servers running on each of the hosts. The hosts are designed to be super minimal. This is done via the CoreOS Cloud Configuration.

All internal IPs are in the block 10.x.0.x.

These are multi-region so westus2 is 10.1.0.x and so on and so forth for the other regions.

So the first 5 in the block are the masters: 10.x.0.5-9. And the agents follow after starting at 10.x.0.10.

The IPs get populated programmatically in the terraform files. But they are also generated and substituted into the cloud-config* files via the Makefile.


On each server there are helpers in the bashrc so that you can run nomad and consul commands from the host. This just uses a container under the hood and you can see the alias with type nomad.

Both consul and nomad are setup with TLS which is generated by the Makefile when the cluster is created.

On the bastion server we run:

  • Nomad Dashboard: This is opened on port 8080 by default so you will want to change that if you want your cluster to be secure. This is only done so it is easy to demo.

On the masters we run:

  • Consul
  • Nomad Server

On the agents we run:

  • Nomad Agent


On the bastion server we run:

  • Mesos Marathon: This is opened on port 8080 by default so you will want to change that if you want your cluster to be secure. This is only done so it is easy to demo.

On the masters we run:

  • Mesos Master
  • Zookeeper

On the agents we run:

  • Mesos Agent

Using the Makefile

You will need to set the following environment variables:


See creating a service principal on how to get these values.

$ make help
mesos-apply                    Run terraform apply for mesos.
mesos-destroy                  Run terraform destroy for mesos.
nomad-apply                    Run terraform apply for nomad.
nomad-destroy                  Run terraform destroy for nomad.
shellcheck                     Run shellcheck on all scripts in the repository.
test                           Runs all the tests.
update-terraform               Update terraform binary locally from the docker container.
update                         Run all update targets.

Spinning up a cluster

This is as simple as:

    make az-apply

Azure credentials setup

You need a service principal in order to use the Makefile.

Creating a service principal

$ az ad sp create-for-rbac --role="Contributor" --scopes="/subscriptions/SUBSCRIPTION_ID"

The command will output the following:

    "appId": "00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000",
    "displayName": "azure-cli-2017-06-05-10-41-15",
    "name": "http://azure-cli-2017-06-05-10-41-15",
    "password": "0000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000",
    "tenant": "00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"

These values map to the Makefile variables like so:

  • appId is the AZURE_CLIENT_ID defined above
  • password is the AZURE_CLIENT_SECRET defined above
  • tenant is the AZURE_TENANT_ID defined above

Reference docs:

  • terraform docs on setting up authentication: here.