This post I will discuss the setup I used for my research on Microsoft Azure service fabric on premise.

I don't have the luxury to have multiple computers readily available so I route to use virtual machines that I can spin off on my box where I have a 32G memory that is enough for 3 nodes with minimum configuration recommended by Microsoft. Naturally, the Vagrant is my choice since the windows server dependence.


First of all, I have to a window base box. I created a base box based on windows server 2012 r2 using a tool called packer. The blog is the good resource to get it set up

Cluster setting

For my testing, I opted for the simplest cluster which includes 3 nodes spreading into 3 update domains and fault domains. The service bus provides the load balance inside its services, however, a external load balancer needed for any traffic outside to communicate with service fabric applications, which I assume all communication happens through APIs via HTTP.

Now the code/scripts.


we need 3 VMs

    (1..3).each do |i|
    root.vm.define "node-#{i}" do |config|

that is derived from my base box named WinServerBase and provide default user = "WinServerBase"
        config.vm.communicator = "winrm"

        config.winrm.username = "vagrant"
        config.winrm.password = "vagrant"

        config.vm.guest = :windows = 15

let's set the network :forwarded_port, guest: 3389, host: 3389, id: "rdp", auto_correct: true :forwarded_port, guest: 22, host: 2222, id: "ssh", auto_correct: true

        config.vm.hostname="node#{i}" "private_network", ip: "192.168.100.#{i}0" ,virtualbox__intnet: true

it turns for adjusting the VM

        config.vm.provider "virtualbox" do |vb|
            vb.memory = "2048"         
            vb.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--natdnshostresolver1", "on"]
            vb.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--natdnsproxy1", "on"]

now we don't want to install runtime manually for provision VMs

        config.vm.provision "shell",path:"installCplusRuntime.cmd"
        config.vm.provision :shell, path:"disable-firewall.ps1"
        if i==3
           config.vm.provision :shell, path:"configure-cluster.ps1"

here we disable the firewall altogether, install the c++ run-time. Once the last VM is up, we start the setup of Azure service fabric cluster

Did you forget the load balancer? No, here is it. I chose haproxy on an Ubuntu.

oot.vm.define "loadbalancer" do |ubuntu|"ubuntu/trusty64"
        ubuntu.vm.communicator ="ssh" "private_network", ip: "" ,virtualbox__intnet: true
        :forwarded_port, guest:8898, host:18898,id:"apiGateWay",auto_correct:true :forwarded_port, guest:19080, host:18080,id:"httpGateWay",auto_correct:true :forwarded_port, guest:19000, host:18000,id:"clientconnectionEndpoint",auto_correct:true :forwarded_port, guest:8081, host:18081,id:"clusterStatus",auto_correct:true :forwarded_port, guest:80, host:18888,id:"http",auto_correct:true :forwarded_port, guest:1936, host:11936,id:"haproxy",auto_correct:true

        ubuntu.ssh.insert_key = false
        $script = <<SCRIPT
        add-apt-repository ppa:vbernat/haproxy-1.5
        apt-get update
        echo 'install haproxy'
        apt-get install haproxy
        cp /vagrant/haproxy.cfg /etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg
        service haproxy restart
        ubuntu.vm.provision "shell", inline: $script

Get cluster up

now show time!

   vagrant up

I did not include other scripts that you can find at this gist