Remote deployment with NixOS

Basic method

You can set up an agent on a remote NixOS machine by following the same NixOS instructions via an SSH connection.

Scriptable

Instead of deploying with Terraform, or NixOps with deployment.targetEnv = "none", you could script the deployment yourself.

nixos-rebuild has a --target-host option to make deployment via SSH easier. Evaluation of the NixOS configuration will happen on your local machine, but build and activation are performed via SSH.

[[email protected]:~/my-agent]$ NIXOS_CONFIG=$PWD/configuration.nix nixos-rebuild --target-host my-agent

Note that this determines the NixOS version via NIX_PATH, which defaults to a channel on workstation.

Updating the secret files is still a manual operation.