Although snap installs are meant to eventually replace traditional Ubuntu packages, installing MAAS from a snap is considered experimental at this time. In particular, implementing high availability via snaps is not yet possible. See MAAS HA for more on that topic.
All feedback is welcome via the MAAS issue tracker.
Currently, only the stable and development MAAS versions are available via snaps. This corresponds, respectively, to the 'stable' and 'edge' snap channels:
snap info maas
name: maas summary: "Metal as a Service" publisher: maas contact: firstname.lastname@example.org description: | Total automation of you physical servers for amazing data center operational efficiency. commands: - maas tracking: stable installed: 2.2.0+bzr6057-snap (91) 98MB devmode refreshed: 2017-05-30 16:15:09 +0000 UTC channels: latest/stable: 2.2.0+bzr6057-snap (91) 98MB - latest/edge: trunk+bzr6071-snap (101) 98MB devmode
To install the snap from the 'stable' channel (and the 'latest' track):
sudo snap install --devmode --stable maas
Note: At this time, MAAS can only be installed in 'devmode' and is therefore not fully isolated from the rest of the system. This corresponds to the same level of security provided by traditional Ubuntu packages.
Due to the null defaults used by this particular snap, no MAAS software has actually been installed and configured yet.
You will now need to tell the snap what mode MAAS will run in. This is known as initialization and it is performed by choosing one of the below options. Doing so will dictate what services will run on the local system.
all- All services
region- A region API server only (no database)
rack- A rack controller only
region+rack- A region API server and a rack controller (no database)
This is different from the installation scenarios covered in the package install method (see Install from packages) where the installation of a "region controller" will include a database.
All modes will prompt for a MAAS URL. The 'all' mode will use this for the creation of a new region controller whereas the other three modes will interpret it as the URL for an existing region controller.
The 'rack' and 'region+rack' modes will additionally ask for the shared secret that will allow the new rack controller to register with the region controller.
This is where MAAS components will be installed and configured.
Here, the typical all-in-one design (mode 'all') will be chosen as an example:
sudo maas init --mode all
A dialog will appear that will gather some basic information:
MAAS URL [default=http://10.55.60.1:5240/MAAS]: http://192.168.122.1:5240/MAAS Create first admin account: Username: admin Password: ****** Again: ****** Email: email@example.com Import SSH keys  (lp:user-id or gh:user-id): lp:petermatulis
A re-initialization is easily achieved. For example, to switch from one mode to another, say 'region', simply state it:
sudo maas init --mode region
A verification of the currently running configuration can be done with:
sudo maas config
Sample output (for mode 'all'):
Mode: all Settings: maas_url=http://192.168.122.1:5240/MAAS
The status of running services can likewise be checked:
sudo maas status
Sample output (for mode 'all'):
bind9 RUNNING pid 7999, uptime 0:09:17 dhcpd STOPPED Not started dhcpd6 STOPPED Not started ntp RUNNING pid 8598, uptime 0:05:42 postgresql RUNNING pid 8001, uptime 0:09:17 proxy STOPPED Not started rackd RUNNING pid 8000, uptime 0:09:17 regiond:regiond-0 RUNNING pid 8003, uptime 0:09:17 regiond:regiond-1 RUNNING pid 8008, uptime 0:09:17 regiond:regiond-2 RUNNING pid 8005, uptime 0:09:17 regiond:regiond-3 RUNNING pid 8015, uptime 0:09:17 tgt RUNNING pid 8040, uptime 0:09:15