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Target Audience

I wrote this for people who, I assume, already know a little about scripting, Git, configuring new SSH connections, installing software, and Virtual Machines, because these are hard to explain and have much better resources elsewhere.

If you get stuck with the prerequisites, tools to install, or downloading the code, please have a look at the resources on the internet.

Especially for Vagrant, the Getting Started guide takes about 30 minutes once you have Vagrant and Virtualbox installed: https://www.vagrantup.com/intro/getting-started/index.html

If you get an error with Vault working improperly, though, make a Github issue ASAP.

OS-Specific Prerequisites

  • MacOS: OSX 10.13 or later
  • Windows: Windows must have Powershell 3.0 or later. If you're on Windows 7, I recommend Windows Management Framework 4.0, because it's easier to install


Install Tools

  1. Make sure you have Git installed
  2. Install the latest version of Vagrant (NOTE: WINDOWS 7 AND WINDOWS 8 REQUIRE POWERSHELL >= 3)
  3. Install the latest version of VMWare or Virtualbox

Download the Code for this

Related Vendor Documentation Link: https://help.github.com/articles/cloning-a-repository

git clone https://github.com/v6/super-duper-vault-train.git

Use this Code to Make a Vault Cluster

Related Vagrant Vendor Documentation Link: https://www.vagrantup.com/intro/index.html#why-vagrant-

cd super-duper-vault-train
vagrant up ## NOTE: You may have to wait a while for this, and there will be some "connection retry" errors for a long time before a successful connection occurs, because the VM is booting. Make sure you have the latest version, and try the Vagrant getting started guide, too vagrant status
vagrant ssh instance5
After you do this, you'll see your command prompt change to show vagrant@instance5.
You can also vagrant ssh to other VMs listed in the output of vagrant status.

You can now use Vault or Consul from within the VM for which you ran vagrant ssh.


Explore the Vault Cluster

ps -ef | grep vault ## Check the Vault process (run while inside a Vagrant-managed Instance)
ps -ef | grep consul ## Check the Consul process (run while inside a Vagrant-managed Instance)
vault version ## Output should be Vault v0.10.2 ('3ee0802ed08cb7f4046c2151ec4671a076b76166')
consul version ## Output should show Consul Agent version and Raft Protocol version

The Vagrant boxes have the following IP addresses:

Vault is on port 8200.

Consul is on port 8500.

Click the Links (Vault) (Consul) (Vault) (Consul) (Vault) (Consul)

Start Vault Data

Related Vendor Documentation Link: https://www.vaultproject.io/api/system/init.html

Start Vault.
Run this command on one of the Vagrant-managed VMs, or somewhere on your computer that has curl installed.

    curl -s --request PUT -d '{"secret_shares": 3,"secret_threshold": 2}'

Unseal Vault

Related Vendor Documentation Link: https://www.vaultproject.io/api/system/unseal.html

This will unseal the Vault at You can use the same process for and

  1. Use your unseal key to replace the value for key abcd1430890..., and run this on the Vagrant-managed VM.
    curl --request PUT --data '{"key":"abcd12345678..."}'
  1. Run that curl command again. But use a different value for "key":. Replace efgh2541901... with a different key than you used in the previous step, from the keys you received when running the v1/sys/init endpoint.
    curl --request PUT --data '{"key":"efgh910111213..."}'


Please refer to the file PRODUCTION_INSTALLATION.md in this repository.

Codified Vault Policies and Configuration

To Provision Vault via its API, please refer to the provision_vault folder.

It has data and scripts.

The data folder's tree corresponds to the HashiCorp Vault API endpoints, similar to the following:


You can use the Codified Vault Policies and Configuration with your initial Root token, after initializing and unsealing Vault, to configure Vault quickly via its API.

The .json files inside each folder correspond to the payloads to send to Vault via its API, but there may also be .hcl, .sample, and .sh files for convenience's sake.