PhotonOS Basics

Project Photon OS is an open source, minimal Linux container host that is optimized for cloud-native applications, cloud platforms, and VMware infrastructure.

Star in Vagrant

nano Vagrantfile
Vagrant.configure("2") do |config| = "devopstales/photon3"
  config.vm.synced_folder ".", "/vagrant", type: "virtualbox"

  config.timezone.value = :host
  config.vm.provider "virtualbox" do |vb| = "photon01"
      vb.memory = 4096

      vb.cpus = 2
      vb.linked_clone = true
      vb.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--vram", "8"]

  config.vm.define "pothon01" do |vbox| :public_network, ip: "" , bridge: "wlan0" #, adapter: "1"
    vbox.vm.hostname = "pothon01.mydomain.intra"
    vbox.hostsupdater.remove_on_suspend = false
    vbox.vbguest.auto_update = false
vagrant up
vagrant ssh

When you try to login the server wants you to change the passowrd of the vagrant user. The base password is vagrant as usual.

vagrant ssh
You are required to change your password immediately (password expired)
Last login: Sun Apr 14 20:30:22 2019 from
WARNING: Your password has expired.
You must change your password now and login again!
Changing password for vagrant.
Current password:
New password:
Retype new password:
passwd: password updated successfully
Connection to closed.

Vagrant can’t configure the ip, hostname and mount the /vagrant fonder.

Package management

On Photon OS, tdnf is the default package manager for installing new packages. It is a C implementation of the DNF package manager without Python dependencies. DNF is the next upcoming major version of yum.

Let’s install packages for the next steps.

tdnf install nano awk tar build-essential linux-devel less -y

Install virtualbox guest additions

Example image

mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
cd /mnt/cdrom

Configure static ip

PhotonOS use systemd-networkd to manage network configurations. systemd-networkd configorations is located under /etc/systemd/network/.

cat /etc/systemd/network/

cat > /etc/systemd/network/ << "EOF"

chmod 644 /etc/systemd/network/
systemctl restart systemd-networkd
systemctl status systemd-networkd -l

Configure hostname

hostnamectl set-hostname "pothon01.mydomain.intra"
hostnamectl status
   Static hostname: pothon01.mydomain.intra
         Icon name: computer-vm
           Chassis: vm
        Machine ID: 2c230d2255834f75bff4872bff234df4
           Boot ID: 2708cffec4cf4c6e91053cc11825b590
    Virtualization: oracle
  Operating System: VMware Photon OS/Linux
            Kernel: Linux 4.19.32-3.ph3
      Architecture: x86-64