I'd like to manage my home machines and laptops with Landscape, how can I do this?
For Ubuntu 16.04 or 14.04 LTS
You can install Landscape directly on a machine running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, this is called "Landscape On Premises." It is free for up to 10 physical (or virtual) machines and 50 containers:
Deploying a single server
WARNING: landscape-quickstart modifies apache configuration files, DO NOT DO THIS ON AN EXISTING SERVER INSTALLATION without understanding what you are getting into.
Just install the Landscape Quickstart package: Check here for changes to the below instructions:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:landscape/17.03 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install landscape-server-quickstart
After it finishes, access it with a browser like
hostname.example.com is the output of
hostname -f on that machine, or just
hostname if that fails to resolve.
You should then see the web UI after filling in your name and contact details:
Click on the link highlighted to add client machines:
Follow those instructions on the client you want to join to Landscape. Note the following line:
sudo landscape-config --computer-title "My Web Server" --account-name standalone --url https://<servername>/message-system --ping-url http://<servername>/ping
You can customize the title and so forth for each machine. See the landscape-config man page for more information.
After you type in the
landscape-config command the client will ask you some questions, those are optional, you can just hit Enter until the client restarts, then you can accept the client in the web UI.
Registering clients with a self signed certificate:
The quickstart package installs a self-signed certificate that is generated on-the-fly.
- Grab this file from the server:
- Copy it somewhere on the client, for example,
/etc/landscape/client.confto include this line, pointing at the file you just copied:
ssl_public_key = /etc/landscape/landscape_server_ca.crt
Then try to register again. (Thanks to panlinux for figuring this out)
For Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
On one machine install Ubuntu Server 16.04.01 LTS -> Download Ubuntu Server 16.04.01 LTS.
It is recommended to install
openssh-server as well, this can be chosen during the process.
Once installed the Ubuntu Server operating system, install
You also have to adjust the firewall to make everything working flawlessly without any issue.
Open a terminal - execute the following commands to accomplish these tasks :
sudo ufw enable sudo ufw allow ssh sudo ufw allow http sudo ufw allow https sudo add-apt-repository ppa:landscape/16.06 sudo apt update sudo apt install landscape-server-quickstart
After the installation is complete, you have to register the landscape account.
Because the Server has no GUI, you need to install a text based web browser :
sudo apt install links links https://<server-hostname>
Now register the Ubuntu Server - to do this you need the
sudo apt install landscape-client sudo landscape-config --account-name standalone --url https://<server-hostname>/message-system --ping-url http://<server-hostname>/ping
Backup the Landscape certificate, because it has to exist on every machine you want to register :
sudo cp /etc/ssl/certs/landscape_server.pem /<external-media>/landscape_server.pem
To register additional Ubuntu systems, install the
landscape-client package on each machine :
sudo apt install landscape-client
Copy over the Landscape certificate (which you saved before) and edit the
client.config file :
sudo cp /<external-media>/landscape_server.pem /etc/landscape/landscape_server.pem sudo nano /etc/landscape/client.conf
Add this line :
ssl_public_key = /etc/landscape/landscape_server.pem and save the change.
Now register the Ubuntu system the same way you did, when you registered the Ubuntu Server :
sudo landscape-config --account-name standalone --url https://<server-hostname>/message-system --ping-url http://<server-hostname>/ping
https://<server-hostname> in your web browser and accept all the pending computers.
Additional information : The free license covers 10 bare metal machines and 50 LXC containers !
Along with the other answers, https://landscape.canonical.com is always available. This is a hosted service that you can sign up for a 30 day demo to see if it meets your needs, and does not require you to go through the steps needed to set up your own server.
For those on ARM processor installations of Ubuntu 14.04, it seems that while the 15.11 PPA has an ARMHF package, using
landscape-server-quickstart is not available (ie an
apt-get update doesn't find that command). Thus, using @andreas Deploying for Scale Out method is the only one which works (per landscape docs):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:juju/stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install juju-core juju-deployer juju-quickstart juju-quickstart u/landscape/landscape-dense-maas
landscape-dense-mass avoids setting up MAAS or planning for autoscaling. This was a good fit approach where I wanted to simply use Landscape to monitor an existing fixed number of Ubuntu 14.04 servers.