A Comprehensive Guide to Installing and Configuring MAAS on Ubuntu

Metal as a Service (MAAS) is a powerful tool that simplifies the management of physical servers, allowing for efficient deployment and scaling of infrastructure. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of installing MAAS on Ubuntu, covering essential steps;

Get your Ubuntu Server Ready

Step 1 : Install Pacakge :

Once the server is ready access the server using SSH and update the package and install the upgrade and reboot.

Now let us ensure to update the packages, use the below command to upgrade the available packages

Let us now ensure that all the required packages are upgraded, to do this let us reboot the server

Step 2 : Install maas on Ubuntu :

Let us now install maas version 3.4 which is current right now , we will use snap to isntall maas.

Now maas is installed but you need to ensure to disable the timesynced service to avoid conflict with maas.

If you are testing it you can use testdb to test maas, but for a production environment, you will need to install the databse server. Move to step3.

Step 3 : Install and configure Postgres Database Server

We will setup for the production environment you will need to install Postgres database, use the following command to install the latest version.

If the database is successfully install you will need to reboot the server

Step 4 : Create Database Server user, password and then database. In my example I am using “maas” as user “maaspass” as password, you can chose the user and password of your choice

Now the user and password is created, let us now create the database for the user ‘maas’, my database name is “maasdb”

Now the database is successfuly created at above step, you need to edit the configuration of the databse by using below command

add below lines at the end of the configuration in the existing configuration of the above file

the configuration file at the end will look live below

Now exit the file and save it.

Step 5 : Initialize maas

Now it will get installed, once the maas is installed you need to initialize with the databse name, host name . Suppose if you have used above database configuration you will use below command to initilize maas;

In above command maas is user and maaspass is password for localhost as database server and maasdb is database.

Congratulations, maas is now initialized. Now you need to setup the admin password.

Step 6 : Setup admin credentials for maas

You will need to use below command to setup admin password;

user required details to setup the credentials i used below

Congratulations your maas is ready now you can login

Login to MAAS using Web Browser

Now maas is installed and it will be running at port 5240, in my case the Server IP is so below was URL in my case

Enter User and Password which wet setup initially. Now you must do some configuration

Connectivity configuration and Ubuntu Archive. Chose Ready images that can be used for installation.

maas web user interface

Congiure maas

Now configure maas to your specific needs.

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