Apply appropriate roles

To roll out managed platform components needed to run your application ask the support to assign the appropriate roles to your VM. For a Django hosting we will need the following roles:


The webgateway role provides a nginx front-end webserver and awstats statistics.


The webproxy role provides a varnish proxy to cache static content and a haproxy load balancer, if you project to run multiple application backends.


The appserver role provides all software you need to deploy a web application, like node.js, zope or various version management tools.


You mostly need to install a database server. For the Django hosting, we will rely on PostgreSQL

If you are going to host your application on multiple VMs, the roles can also be spread across various VMs.


We ask you to introduce your application when joining the Flying Circus. The support team is going to roll out appropriate roles for your special use case.

Gather facts

To setup your application you will need to gather the following informations:

IP addresses

Public available services should run on FE addresses. Internal network communication, like database access or backend application servers should run on SRV addresses.:

$ ip address show dev ethfe
$ ip address show dev ethsrv


The Flying Circus ships with a dual stack containing full IPv6 support. Be aware not to forget to setup IPv6 for public available services. This is especially important for any mail server setups.

Service User

The service user for your application is most likely identical to the name of the project of your project.

Running services

Since you will have to setup your application to listen on a specific port, you should figure out which ports are used by other services.:

$ netstat -tulpen