There are several environments Halyard can deploy Spinnaker to, and they can be split into two groups, both entirely handled by Halyard.


The Local installation means Spinnaker will be downloaded and run on the single machine Halyard is currently installed on.

Intended Use-case

The Local installation is intended for smaller deployments of Spinnaker, and for clouds where the Distributed installation is not yet supported; however, since all services are on a single machine, there will be downtime when Halyard updates Spinnaker.

Required Hal Invocations

Currently, Halyard defaults to a Local install when first run, and no changes are required on your behalf. However, if you’ve edited Halyard’s deployment type and want to revert to a local install, you can run the following command.

hal config deploy edit --type localdebian


The Distributed installation means that Spinnaker will be deployed to a remote cloud such that each of Spinnaker’s services are deployed independently. This allows Halyard to manage Spinnaker’s lifecycle by creating a smaller, headless Spinnaker to update your Spinnaker, ensuring 0 downtime updates.

Intended Use-case

This installation is intended for users with a larger resource footprint, and for those who can’t afford downtime during Spinnaker updates.

Required Hal Invocations

First, you need to configure one of the Cloud Providers that supports the Distributed installation:

Then, remembering the $ACCOUNT name that you’ve created during the Provider configuration, run

hal config deploy edit --type distributed --account-name $ACCOUNT

This command changes the type of the next deployment of Spinnaker, and will deploy it to the account you have previously configured.

Further Reading

Next Steps

Now that your deployment environment is set up, you need to provide Spinnaker with a Persistent Storage source.