Running Home-Assistant with Docker containers on VIC

We’ve just deployed the Virtual Container Host (VCH) in the previous post. It’s time to run your first real world containers. In this post some containers for home automation will be deployed like Home-Assistant, Mosquitto, Node-RED.

First we deploy a container where you’ll get a GUI to have a view over your container deployment.

docker --tls run -d -p 8282:8282 --name admiral vmware/admiral
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You can browse now to http://#ip#:8282

Now we’re going to deploy containers with a persitent data volume so you easily update containers without loosing data. Keep in mind that you can’t extend data volumes but they are thin provisioned anyway. So create the persitent  volumes large enough by the beginning.

docker --tls volume create --name home_assistant_user_data --opt capacity=10GB
docker --tls run -d -p 8123:8123 -v home_assistant_user_data:/config -e "TZ=Europe/Amsterdam" --name home-assistant homeassistant/home-assistant
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docker --tls volume create --name node_red_user_data
docker --tls run -p 1880:1880 -v node_red_user_data:/data --name node-red nodered/node-red-docker
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docker --tls volume create --name mosquitto_user_data
docker --tls run -d -p 1883:1883 -p 9001:9001 -v mosquitto_user_data:/mosquitto/data --name mosquitto eclipse-mosquitto
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docker --tls volume ls
vsphere             home_assistant_user_data
vsphere             mosquitto_user_data
vsphere             node_red_user_data
docker --tls ps
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE                          COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS              PORTS                                                      NAMES
632d654098ff        homeassistant/home-assistant   "python -m homeassis…"   5 days ago          Up 26 hours>8123/tcp                                home-assistant
47b1a5ac0b7c        eclipse-mosquitto              "/docker-entrypoint.…"   3 weeks ago         Up 5 days >1883/tcp,>9001/tcp   mosquitto
490640cc5497        nodered/node-red-docker        "npm start -- --user…"   3 weeks ago         Up 5 days >1880/tcp                                node-red
ddbc8657188d        vmware/admiral                 "/"         3 weeks ago         Up 5 days >8282/tcp                                admiral

Some basic commands to manage your containers and volumes and how to update a container:

docker --tls exec -i -t home-assistant /bin/bash
docker --tls start home-assistant
docker --tls restart home-assistant
docker --tls image ls
docker --tls volume ls
docler --tls ps
Update Home-Assistant:
docker --tls stop home-assistant
docker --tls rename home-assistant home-assistant_0.6
docker --tls pull homeassistant/home-assistant
docker --tls run -d -p 8123:8123 -v home_assistant_user_data:/config -e "TZ=Europe/Amsterdam" --name home-assistant homeassistant/home-assistant
Delete container or volume:
docker --tls rm home-assistant_0.6
docker --tls volume rm home_assistant_user_data
Copy files between container and localhost:
docker --tls cp home-assistant:/config/configuration.yaml configuration.yaml
docker --tls cp home-assistant:/config/customize.yaml customize.yaml
docker --tls cp home-assistant:/config/automations.yaml automations.yaml
docker --tls cp configuration.yaml home-assistant:/config/configuration.yaml
docker --tls cp customize.yaml home-assistant:/config/customize.yaml
docker --tls cp automations.yaml home-assistant:/config/automations.yaml

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