Get Metal as a Service
Metal as a Service (MAAS) gives you automated server provisioning and easy network setup for your physical servers for amazing data centre operational efficiency — on premises, open source and supported.
Install MAAS on your hardware
Follow the instructions below to download, configure and install MAAS.
- You will need one small server for MAAS and at least one server which can be managed with a BMC.
- It is recommended to have the MAAS server provide DHCP and DNS on a network the managed machines are connected to.
Install MAAS in 7 easy steps
Setup your hardware
You need one small server for MAAS and at least one server which can be managed with a BMC. It is recommended to have the MAAS server provide DHCP and DNS on a network the managed machines are connected to.
Install Ubuntu Server
Download Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS and follow the step-by-step installation instructions on your MAAS server.
Create admin user
Create your admin credentials by typing.
Login to the MAAS UI at http://<your.maas.ip>:5240/MAAS/
Complete the first user configuration journey
Follow the instructions on screen to complete the first installation of MAAS. We recommend using the default values unless your installation has different requirements.
By the end of the journey you should have the following configured;
- Region name (MAAS name)
- Ubuntu archive, Ubuntu extra architectures
- Ubuntu images
- SSH keys (for currently logged in user)
Turn on DHCP
Enlist and commission servers
Now MAAS is ready to enlist and commission machines.
- Set all the servers to PXE boot
- Boot each machine once. You should see these machines appear in MAAS
- If your machines do not have a IPMI based BMC, proceed to edit them and enter their BMC details
- Select all the machines and “Commission” them using the “Take action” button
- When machines have a “Ready” status you can start deploying
For those looking to self-support MAAS we provide extensive documentation covering:
- What MAAS offers
- How MAAS works
- Key components and colocation of all services
- Installation methods
- Minimum requirements
Before you start, you’ll want this eBook
Server provisioning: what Network Admins and IT pros need to know
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