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3 Simple Steps to install Eucalyptus Cloud – Cloud in a Box

It doesn’t get much easier than this. Press Enter 7 times and have a complete Eucalyptus cloud installed and configured. Follow along as we explore this new installation option available with Eucalyptus FastStart 3.1.2 called “Cloud-in-a-Box”.

3 Simple Steps to install Eucalyptus Cloud

  1. Download installation media – burn to CD/DVD
  2. Boot installation media – choose language and configure network – system will reboot
  3. Press “Enter” 7 times

Cloud-in-a-Box installs all of the required Eucalyptus Cloud components on a single machine. This is a great way to test Eucalyptus without the overhead of procuring extra hardware.

We will install our cloud-in-a-box on our VMware Workstation Virtual Cloud Sandbox we built in an earlier post.

Cloud-in-a-Box Installation (6:21 mins)

41 Responses to 3 Simple Steps to install Eucalyptus Cloud – Cloud in a Box

  1. Marcel Sandoval says:

    Thank you very much for your help, I really appreciate your help.

    I also want to ask you something else, in your video you have windows 7 and vmware run there, my question is whether it is sufficient to 4GB of RAM to install eucalyptus?. because in the video you will assign more than 4 GB of memory to the virtual machine where you run eucalyptus, which in my case is not possible. So I’d like to know what are the minimum requirements for the installation or that I recommend you based on my hardware configuration.

    Thanks again for the help.

    • Paul Weiss says:

      Hi Marcel,

      Good question. On all of my machines I have a minimum of 8GB of RAM. I have never tried to install a Eucalyptus “Cloud-in-a-Box” or an all-in-one system on less than 8GB. If it works, it would be fairly slow, but depending what you are trying to learn, it might be OK.

      Eucalyptus is very complex software and really requires much more resources than I’m giving it with even 8GB of RAM to function properly. Having said that, my little lab works fine for testing and learning.

      I also use an SSD hard drive, sometimes two. This really improves the disk performance.

      Do you have a machine with 8GB of RAM you could use for this lab? If not, once I verify that everything works as shown in the video, I could remove 1 4GB stick of RAM in my machine to see what happens.

      But, you would be better off if you had a machine with 8GB of RAM.

      Please let me know.


      • Paul Weiss says:

        Hi Marcel,

        I’ve tested with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit and VMware Workstation 9.0.1. Everything was configured as in the cloud-in-a-box video/blog posting. All worked well.

        I then removed memory so the machine only has 4GB of RAM. Everything worked.


  2. Marcel Sandoval says:

    I think I will change my operating system to a 64-bit, and will try to install Eucalyptus as directed by your video.

    I appreciate your help.

    I’ve helped answer some questions I had.

    Thank you again.

  3. Nadeen Spirit says:


    I have installed cloud-in-box on my physical machine, but I don’t understand something. Eucalyptus should install in vm?, or vm should install after installing eucalyptus? or the both are right?
    I just wonder how to install vms on it?

    • Paul Weiss says:

      Hello Nadeen,

      Eucalyptus “Cloud-in-a-Box” installed on a physical machine is all you need to do. All the components are installed on the single machine. In the article, we installed everything in a virtual machine for the lab for people that do not have a physical server.


  4. Anto says:

    Thank you for the help. Am unable to configure my network manually. Do we need to give the system ip address in the system-config-network. or whether i need to to setup the static ip address…
    My system ipaddress
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

    when i run the, I was getting error saying use system- config- network and manually edit

    • Paul Weiss says:

      Hello Anto,

      Are you following the directions on the “Cloud-in-a-Box” blog? Are you installing in a virtual machine? If so, what networking mode is the virtual machine?


  5. vinobharath says:

    Thanks for the post,

    I try to do all the procedure an installed the cloud in box in my vmware work station,
    at the final step when i choose to replace the existing Linux option ,i gave next in few moments i get error, and says to report the bug, i dont know what to do help me plz

    Waiting for u r reply

  6. Anto Valan says:

    Hello Paul

    Yes, I was following cloud-in-a-box: a Eucalyptus cloud with all components on a single machine instructions. I am learning this new concept and installing in vmware 9. I was trying to configure manually, I do not which option to be selected for Network Connection, I choose NAT, Whether I should choose Bridged?

    I followed this manual for installing

    • Paul Weiss says:

      Hello Anto,

      You can use either NAT or Bridged. I choose NAT and preconfigured the NAT network so I could have better control of the lab.

      I hope this helps.


  7. kalidhakani says:

    My machine has 4GB RAM, i5 processor, 600 GB HDD. OS- WINDOWS 7(64 bit)
    I have installed VMware player with CentOS 5.8(64 bit).
    Is it possible to install Eucalyptus-cloud in a box with these requirements?

    • Paul Weiss says:


      Using the FastStart install will work with VMware Player and 4 GB of RAM. See an earlier post where I test this.


  8. zabi says:

    Hi every one
    i have installed cloud in box in 4 computers and they are intel core2do with 2 GB RAM installation is fine now i dont understand is how to access it from out side the network and on which pc download euca2ools i did add user so how i could access the user if any one could help me that will be great as i am student and my goal is to make private cloud on eucalyptus storage as a services and make client and then that client be able to login to my private cloud upload and download theire files. thanks

    • Paul Weiss says:

      Hi Zabi,

      Please review the documentation at

      After reviewing, please let us know if you have any questions.


  9. Pavithra says:


    What is the minimum requirement for installing cloud in a box? I use a 32 bit machine with 2gb ram intel core 2 duo pocessor, Does it support!. my friends who are working on virtualization with 64bit. why does virtualization does not support 32 bit machine. what’s the difference?


    • Paul Weiss says:

      Hello Pavithra

      You really need to use a 64 bit machine. In the blog we are running nested virtualization.


  10. Bruno says:

    Hi Paul,

    I have been installed Eucalyptus 3.2 using fast start, I would like to run some application in my cloud, to set an example for my college work.

    Can you give me suggestions and how should I proceed?

    Thank you!

    • Paul Weiss says:

      Hi Bruno,

      Thanks for stopping by the site. As to applications for cloud, you could start with a simple, single server websever like Apache. Then from there introduce LAMP which you could do with separate servers. Other web service type applications like WordPress and Drupal are also great applications to run in the cloud.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions.


  11. Bruno says:

    Paul, Thank you for your reply,
    Can you show me some tutorial how to implement any of these web applications within the eucalyptus?
    I still have questions how to access the virtual machines created within the eucalyptus.


  12. Mort says:

    I have tried to install the faststart cloud in a box using virtual box but I have a message telling me that the machine CPU does not support visualization although I have enabled VT-X/AMD-V yet it was the same.

    I’m new to the whole concept and just trying to catch a feel of implementing a cloud so do I need a physical hardware or I need to skip virtualbox and go with VMware instead?
    please advise…

    • Paul Weiss says:

      Hi Mort,

      Unfortunately VirtualBox does not support nested virtualization. That’s why you are getting the error.

      If you switch to VMware Workstation or Player you will not get this error.


  13. Javier says:

    Hello, you do not need to install the node controller? if necessary as I install it?

    • Paul Weiss says:

      Hello Javier,

      If you follow the instructions for cloud in a box, no, the node controller (NC) is installed.

      I hope this helps.


  14. I have installed Win7 and ubuntu OS in my laptop. Configuration in 500 GB and RAM is 4 GB.. i installed ubuntu in 50 GB space.. can i able to install, Eucalyptus in ubuntu?

    • Paul Weiss says:


      Eucalyptus from packages is not supported, but some users have compiled from source on Ubuntu and I’ve heard it works fine.

  15. Manoj says:

    Hello,i have installed eucalyptus fastart and i have started the vm cloud instance which is running in private ip – 172.XXX.254.26 and public ip - have get connected with my cloud dashboard by using the ip- in the same question is how to i connect my cloud dashboard in other machines by using the same ip- am trying this on other machines i am getting ‘request time out’.

    • Paul Weiss says:


      It depends on the networking on the virtual machine you created to run the cloud. You might have a to open the firewall on the host machine, another option is to place the virtual machine on the local network instead of NAT inside VMware.

  16. neha says:

    no default or UI configuration directive found “. this the error when i tried to install eucalyptus (cloud -in-a-box).. please tell me how i can remove this error.. and if i have 4 GB RAM then i can install eucalyptus (cloud -in-a-box) or not???

  17. saurabh says:

    Hi paul,
    I am trying to install eucalyptus according to your instructions but when i choose to replace the existing Linux option i get anaconda 13.21.215 exception. Can u suggest anything to solve this problem…

  18. manisha says:

    i followed th eway you told but i am unable to get connected to the internet on my cloud.
    i gave the same ip address as was my main machine’s. was it correct? if yes why am i unable to get connected to the internet?

  19. Opeyemi says:

    Hi everyone,
    I am currently on a research project which requires a cloud computing platform and i have installed Eucalyptus Faststart Now it only comes with one image which is centOS 6. I have tried several times to install other OS images but to no avail. I also have an issue with my local proxy server as well which denies all my attempts from the CLI. Do anyone have a manual that can assist in doing this?

  20. khasim says:

    Hi Paul,
    I made a set up of Eucalyptus Private Cloud. Now my question is I should be in a position to show my private cloud is not in a position to satisfy requirements(either it may be in terms of storage or computing or some hardware or some web servers or application servers etc., services) so immediately or automatically the private cloud should make a request to public cloud. Ultimately we must take the help of two clouds so that it can be a hybrid cloud. Can you please tell me how I handle this one.

    Please help me Paul.

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  22. Opeyemi says:

    Hi Paul, i have issues runing my Eucalyptus Faststart i installed it on a Vmare and aslo baremetal. After installation, it comes with one default instance which is Centos. Anytime i want to get different instances on my cloud using the command “wget ” it comes with “connection error”. I tried to browse using the default mozilla in cloud-in-a-box but i could not browse even after setting the proxy address. i then had to reconfigure my Cloud-in-a-box assigning IP address dynamically using dhcp this time round and i set my proxy afterwards before i could be connected to the internet. i ran this same command “wget ” and it still came up with connection error.
    Please i need you to indicate what IP address to use because my school runs dhcp on every host and its also connected toa proxy server, therefore if if i input satic IP, it doesnt connect to the internet. Also i really need a detailed prosedure of how to get other instances running on the cloud other than the defualt centos. One last thing, do i need an internet connected to download images?


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