Chef Foundations Training

Course 3637

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Language: English
  • Level: Intermediate

Get started with Chef by taking official Chef automation training. This two-day instructor-led course that covers all the basics. You’ll learn what it means to turn infrastructure into code so that you can automate the configuration, deployment, and management of your servers. You’ll also learn about Chef architecture and the set of tools included in the Chef Development Kit (ChefDK). Finally, we’ll show you how to test your infrastructure code so that you can deploy with confidence. Each of the core units includes hands-on exercises that will give you confidence in your new skills. At the end of the course, you’ll come away with a repo and the skills to start automating your own infrastructure.

*This course utilizes official courseware and lab environments directly from Chef.

Some familiarity with the following:

  • Writing code (of just about any flavor) in a text editor
  • Working on the command line

Basic system administration – installing packages, configuring those packages, starting service

Computer Labs Needed/Technical Specs:

Workstation Requirements:

Attendees should bring a wifi-enabled laptop to the workshop. The following operating systems have been tested as workstation systems with the hands on exercises:

  • Ubuntu 10.04, 12.04
  • Mac OS X 10.7.3+

Windows 7

Other platforms and platform versions may work without modification. Due to time constraints we will not be able to troubleshoot issues with unlisted platforms. Attendees should install non-Chef required software before the workshop starts.

  • SSH/SCP (OpenSSH, puTTY/WinSCP or equivalent)
  • Programer's text editor (Vi/Vim, Emacs, Sublime Text 2 or equivalent)
  • Additionally, all attendees should install ChefDK.

Chef Foundations Training Delivery Methods

  • After-course instructor coaching benefit

Chef Foundations Training Course Benefits

Use Chef Resources to define the state of your systemWrite and use Chef recipes and cookbooksAutomate testing of cookbooksManage multiple nodes with Chef ServerCreate OrganizationsBootstrap nodesAssign Roles to nodesDeploy nodes to environmentsEnable Chef’s search features with your automationCreate acceptance and production environments

Chef Foundations Course Outline

  • Using Chef resources – the building blocks
  • Building Chef recipes and cookbooks
  • Introduction to testing cookbooks with Test Kitchen
  • Collecting details about the system via Ohai
  • Attributes – writing dynamic code
  • Managing data with templates
  • Advanced templating – passing in variables
  • Storing your code in a repo - an introduction to Git
  • Workstation setup
  • Centralizing management with Chef Server
  • Using Community Cookbooks
  • Automating chef-client runs
  • Managing a multi-node infrastructure
  • Simplification and scalability through Roles
  • Power automation – invoking Chef Search
  • Staging versus Production - Environments
  • Using Databags to create user accounts on servers

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Chef is a powerful automation platform that transforms infrastructure into code.

Yes! We know your busy work schedule may prevent you from getting to one of our classrooms which is why we offer convenient online training to meet your needs wherever you want. This course is available live online and as Private Team Training.

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