The standard way to deploy bosh-lite is with vagrant up and it starts running on your machine using VirtualBox.

You can also deploy bosh-lite to AWS with vagrant up --provider=aws (instructions).

But what if you want to run bosh-lite on vSphere or GCP or Azure or SoftLayer or any other place for which you have a BOSH CPI?

Or what if you want to be able to upgrade your bosh-lite overtime to newer versions?

It turns out it is possible to deploy bosh-lite just like you can deploy any normal BOSH release. All you are missing is a sample manifest. And here it is (gist)...

---
name: bosh-lite-10-58-111-45  
director_uuid: f635b1ba-5000-48e1-92c8-19471d20e0e4

releases:  
- name: bosh
  version: "256.2"
  url: https://bosh.io/d/github.com/cloudfoundry/bosh?v=256.2
  sha1: ff2f4e16e02f66b31c595196052a809100cfd5a8
- name: bosh-warden-cpi
  version: 29
  url: https://bosh.io/d/github.com/cppforlife/bosh-warden-cpi-release?v=29
  sha1: 9cc293351744f3892d4a79479cccd3c3b2cf33c7
- name: garden-linux
  version: 0.337.0
  url: https://bosh.io/d/github.com/cloudfoundry-incubator/garden-linux-release?v=0.337.0
  sha1: d1d81d56c3c07f6f9f04ebddc68e51b8a3cf541d
- name: port-forwarding
  version: 1
  sha1: d74d6ecffb3bb451a18ed30a0e5759e9b467accc
  url: https://github.com/cloudfoundry-community/port-forwarding-boshrelease/releases/download/v1/port-forwarding-1.tgz

resource_pools:  
- name: default
  network: default
  cloud_properties:
    cpu:  4
    ram:  8192
    disk: 20480
  stemcell:
    name: bosh-vsphere-esxi-ubuntu-trusty-go_agent
    version: "3202"

networks:  
- name: default
  subnets:
  - cloud_properties:
      name: net-10-58-111-0
    dns:
    - 10.58.111.31
    - 10.58.111.32
    - 10.58.111.33
    gateway: 10.58.111.1
    range: 10.58.111.0/24
    reserved:
    - 10.58.111.2 - 10.58.111.43
    - 10.58.111.54 - 10.58.111.254
    static:
    - 10.58.111.44 - 10.58.111.50

update:  
  canaries: 1
  max_in_flight: 1
  canary_watch_time: 5000 - 600000
  update_watch_time: 5000 - 600000

compilation:  
  network: default
  workers: 2
  reuse_compilation_vms: true
  cloud_properties:
    cpu:  2
    disk: 4096
    ram:  3840

jobs:  
- name: bosh
  instances: 1

  resource_pool: default
  persistent_disk: 100000
  networks:
  - name: default
    static_ips:
      - 10.58.111.45

  templates:
  - {name: nats, release: bosh}
  - {name: blobstore, release: bosh}
  - {name: postgres, release: bosh}
  - {name: director, release: bosh}
  - {name: health_monitor, release: bosh}
  - {name: warden_cpi, release: bosh-warden-cpi}
  - {name: garden, release: garden-linux}
  - {name: port_forwarding, release: port-forwarding}
  properties:
    port_forwarding:
      rules:
      - internal_port: 80
        external_port: 80
        internal_ip: 10.244.0.34
      - internal_port: 443
        external_port: 443
        internal_ip: 10.244.0.34
      - internal_port: 4443
        external_port: 4443
        internal_ip: 10.244.0.34

properties:  
  ntp: ["0.us.pool.ntp.org"]

  compiled_package_cache:
    provider: local
    options: {blobstore_path: /vagrant/tmp/compiled_package_cache}

  nats:
    user: nats
    password: nats-password
    address: 127.0.0.1
    port: 4222

  blobstore:
    address: 127.0.0.1
    port: 25251
    backend_port: 25552
    agent: {user: agent, password: agent-password}
    director: {user: director, password: director-password}

  postgres: &db
    user: bosh
    password: bosh-password
    host: 127.0.0.1
    port: 5432
    database: bosh

  director:
    name: "Bosh Lite Director"
    address: 127.0.0.1
    max_tasks: 100
    cpi_job: warden_cpi
    db: *db

    # Compatibility with current garden networking manifest config
    ignore_missing_gateway: true

    # From https://github.com/cppforlife/turbulence-release/blob/master/ca/generate.sh
    ssl:
      key: |
        -----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY-----
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        -----END RSA PRIVATE KEY-----

      # subject=/C=US/O=BOSH/CN=192.168.50.4
      cert: |
        -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
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        BAYTAkFVMRMwEQYDVQQIEwpTb21lLVN0YXRlMSEwHwYDVQQKExhJbnRlcm5ldCBX
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        -----END CERTIFICATE-----

      # Not used by the Director
      ca_cert: |
        -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
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        -----END CERTIFICATE-----

  hm:
    director_account: {user: admin, password: admin}
    resurrector_enabled: true

  # cpi job template
  warden_cpi:
    host_ip: 10.254.50.4
    warden:
      connect_network: tcp
      connect_address: 127.0.0.1:7777
    agent:
      mbus: nats://nats:nats-password@10.254.50.4:4222
      blobstore:
        provider: dav
        options:
          endpoint: http://10.254.50.4:25251
          user: agent
          password: agent-password

  # garden job template
  garden:
    listen_network: tcp
    listen_address: 0.0.0.0:7777
    disk_quota_enabled: false
    allow_host_access: true
    default_container_grace_time: 0

The name of the bosh-lite bosh-lite-10-58-111-45 is just to ensure it is unique and to communicate clearly what the IP of the bosh-lite will be: 10.58.111.45. You might come up with a different convention. Let us know in the comments, please.

You'll need to make all the normal changes to adapt a sample BOSH manifest to your BOSH/CPI/networking.

Over time you will want to specify newer BOSH releases in this manifest. As at writing this is a bit of a task involving you looking at the resources used in the bosh-lite CI pipeline https://bosh-lite.ci.cf-app.com/

To make it easier to auto-upgrade such a manifest in future I've created an issue to ask for the various BOSH releases to be uploaded to GitHub releases. cloudfoundry/bosh-lite/issues/372