Chef Foundations - Linux & Windows
During this three-day command-line driven adventure, you will develop a solid foundation for managing dozens, hundreds or even thousands of servers the way many other successful companies do – by using Chef. And because so many companies have both Windows and Linux servers in their environments, we teach you the technical intricacies of managing and integrating both platforms. This is the recommended starting point for all who are new to Chef Software.
This class is also the first step on your way towards Chef Certification.
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
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
For virtual classes, you should have a computer (on which you have root or Administrator access), a microphone, a headset and an external monitor.
For in-person classes, only a Wi-Fi enabled laptop (on which you have root or Administrator access) is needed.
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+
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 the following required non-Chef software before the workshop starts:
SSH/SCP (OpenSSH, puTTY/WinSCP or equivalent)
Programer's text editor (Vi/Vim, Emacs, Sublime Text 3 or equivalent)
RDP – Remote Desktop Protocol or equivalent for connecting to a Windows Server
Additionally, all attendees should install ChefDK (http://downloads.chef.io/chef-dk)
- You need familiarity and comfort 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 a service
Robin Beck provided an excellent training: he was very knowledgeable and held a very comprehensive two day training session!
Excellent information presented by an experienced practitioner and an excellent presenter.
The lab setups are excellent and allow the class to focus on the training objectives. It was a great way to get hands on experience with Compliance in one day.
Even though I've been using Chef for three years, I found this class immensely useful; not only did it allow me to examine and compare my current practices to those presented in the training, but I learned several new techniques for using Chef tools.
I will recommend this class to my organization as one of the more complete solutions to on boarding new Chef users.
This was the best training class I've taken. It was online using Zoom, it was super easy to share code and collaborate. The instructor kept everything going at a perfect pace and his knowledge and expertise on the topic was evident. 22 years of training in my career and this was hands down the best class I've taken. Better than classroom training. Looking forward to more!
Class was excellent, and the Instructor was even better! Robin Beck is the best!