DevOps Foundation - Linux & Windows - In Person

DevOps Foundation - Linux & Windows - In Person


DevOps is the one of the most important and impactful computing topics to have been developed since the creation of the modern cloud.  From Configuration Management to Containerization, your career and your company need to move quickly, but without stress, into this new world.  We are here to teach you how to do this, confidently and competently, using Best-In-Class tools such as Chef.


This course is designed to accelerate you from zero to hero into the world of DevOps from the perspective of using Chef Configuration Management.  Through this three-day command-line driven adventure, you will develop a solid foundation for managing dozens, hundreds or even thousands of servers the way Facebook, Target, Nordstrom, and 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 class is also the first step on your way towards Chef Certification.


This three-day course costs $1,495 and is offered both virtually and in-person at various locations around the planet.  


You can take and retake this class as many times as you need so that you’ll really understand and be able to use this incredibly useful technology.  Our purpose is to ensure your success.


Topics covered:


  • What is DevOps – a brief introduction

  • Using Chef resources – the building blocks

  • Building Chef recipes and cookbooks

  • 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


Workstation Requirements

For in-person classes, 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+

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 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 2 or equivalent)

  • RDP – Remote Desktop Protocol or equivalent for connecting to a Windows Server


Additionally, all attendees should install ChefDK (


Student Requirements

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


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This course is delivered in person.  For our virtual online classes go here


3 Days

Upcoming Classes


Location Mar 2018 Apr 2018 May 2018 Jun 2018 Jul 2018
Madrid PUE Jul 16 – Jul 19

Onsite Training

For groups of three or more

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Customer Comments

Class was excellent, and the Instructor was even better! Robin Beck is the best!


I will recommend this class to my organization as one of the more complete solutions to on boarding new Chef users.

- The MITRE Corporation

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!

- CVSHealth

I don't usually like online training, but this training was great and Eric is really good, well-organized, and in control. The way he engaged each participants is amazing, and how he troubleshoot issues.

- BlackBerry Limited

This was the best course I've ever taken. The instructor was just GREAT!


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.

- CVS Health

I was sad to have the training end! The personalized attention from the instructor was priceless. Chef made sense and I LOVED it! Every question and problem were solved and explained. Truly craft masters of Chef, take this and be ready to be amazed. I'm applying what I learned the next week after the course. Thank you CHEF!

- Trace3

Excellent information presented by an experienced practitioner and an excellent presenter.

- Telmate