Monitor running docker containers with cAdvisor

As a software tester, you have several containers run in your environment. Here is an example how easily and quickly you can monitor your test-environment with cAdvisor.



Note: You can also assign the respective ports!

Run docker containers

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docker-compose and Jenkins

In this tutorial i show an example, how to install Jenkins (version 2.0) via docker-compose (and docker-machine).



Build and run

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docker jenkins container

Vagrant and YAML

Ruby`s stdlib provides an YAML module for data serialization. By using this module, we can create only one Vagrantfile which reads the configuration from YAML files. If you are thinking of build servers – so only YAML files are needed for generating complete environments.




Deploy with Vagrant on KVM/libvirt

In this tutorial i show, how to extend Vagrant, to convert BaseBoxes and deploy to KVM/libvirt.


  • Vagrant installed (min. version 1.5)

Install Vagrant-Mutate and Vagrant-Libvirt

Convert existing VirtualBox BaseBox

Supported conversions by Vagrant-mutate

  • VirtualBox to KVM
  • VirtualBox to libvirt
  • libvirt to KVM
  • KVM to libvirt

Vagrantfile example

Note: Read the documentation, there are many settings more available!


Common Vagrant commands like: up, destroy, suspend, resume, halt, ssh etc are available.

Easier work with docker-machine

Okay,… I think now everyone knows that i like it to work with docker-machine. This tutorial should give some hints – how to put local files and directories into a Docker container and change the default VM settings.


Let’s start local

Create new VM with specific settings

Note: there is a very well documented reference for all supported drivers!

Copy local stuff into vm

Create Docker image and container

Bang… this is just one way… !

Create desktop environments on the fly

In this tutorial we will create desktop environments via docker on the fly. This environments could be used for development and/or testing purposes. For example you could expand it with Selenium-Grid nodes or provide manual testers all they need.



* Note: the space after etc is because of the security settings of my provider!

Connect with x2go client

The following example shows the client configuration. Important are values ​​for host (, port (2222) and session type (XFCE).

x2go client settings

Now it’s up to you to add more users, tools etc. – or to integrate everything into a build process.

Create private docker registry with UI

Today I’ll show you how to create a private Docker registry. Note however you should use it only for development and testing purposes!



Create and run Docker registry container

Prepare and push into registry

Create registry Browser-UI

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docker registry gui

create docker swarm

In this tutorial I will show how easy it is to create a Docker Swarm.



Copy the resulting value for <TOKEN-ID>. The following commands will create a Swarm cluster.