A couple of days ago I wrote down a sequence of command lines to install Apache Whirr (an incubator project for running distributed systems on various cloud providers) and run a service from scratch. You just need Java, SSH, and some cloud credentials (Amazon EC2 in this case): I've reproduced the commands here:

export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=...
curl -O http://www.apache.org/dist/incubator/whirr/whirr-0.4.0-incubating/whirr-0.4.0-incubating.tar.gz
tar zxf whirr-0.4.0-incubating.tar.gz; cd whirr-0.4.0-incubating
ssh-keygen -t rsa -P '' -f ~/.ssh/id_rsa_whirr
bin/whirr launch-cluster --config recipes/zookeeper-ec2.properties --private-key-file ~/.ssh/id_rsa_whirr

At this point you should have a 3 node ZooKeeper cluster running, which is easily checked with

echo "ruok" | nc $(awk '{print $3}' ~/.whirr/zookeeper/instances | head -1) 2181; echo

You can shutdown the cluster with the following command.

bin/whirr destroy-cluster --config recipes/zookeeper-ec2.properties

There are recipes for more services in the Whirr download package, and more detailed instructions in the Quick Start Guide.