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In the course Chef Configuration Management participants learn the open source Chef configuration management technology that is used to manage an infrastructure with physical or virtual servers. Chef uses Ruby to create recipes and cookbooks that automate manual and repetitive infrastructure management tasks. In DevOps Chef is used to deploy and manage servers and applications both locally and in the cloud.
The course starts with a discussion of the components and topology of Chef and the basics of how Chef can be integrated with Cloud platforms. The Ruby Domain Specific Language (DSL) is also discussed here.
Subsequently, the different types of nodes that Chef knows are discussed, such as Physical Nodes, Cloud Nodes, Virtual Nodes and Network Nodes. The roles of Chef Workstation, Chef Server and Chef Client are also explained and the Ohai tool is treated.
Part of the program of the course are also the building blocks of Chef such as Recipes, Cookbooks, Packages, Services, Files and Templates. And Users and Groups and the use of Resources with their Attributes are discussed.
Then the Chef Cookbooks are treated in more details. Attention is paid to the development of Recipes, the use of various attribute files, the use of libraries and the role of template variables.
A number of advanced applications of Chef are also discussed, such as the use of Custom Extensions, securing Data Bags, encryption of data and the storage of keys on nodes.
Finally the course ends by explaining how Chef can be used in combination with Cloud platforms such as AWS and Azure.
The course Chef Configuration Management is intended for system administrators and devops engineers who want to automate system administration and application deployment with Chef.
General experience with system management in an IT infrastructure and knowledge of the basic principles of the Ruby script language is beneficial for the understanding.
The subject matter is discussed on the basis of presentation slides and demos. The theory is interchanged with exercises. The course material is in English. Course times are from 9.30 to 16.30.
After successful completion of the course the participants receive an official certificate Chef Configuration Management.
Module 1 : Chef Intro
Module 2 : Chef Nodes
Module 3 : Building Blocks
What is Chef?
Chef and AWS
Chef and AZure
Ruby DSL Language
Command Line Use
Packages and Services
Users and Groups
Module 4 : Using Cookbooks
Module 5 : Advanced Chef
Module 6 : Chef and the Cloud
Multiple Attribute Files
Actions and Reports
Cross Platform Cookbooks
Securing Data Bags
Storing Keys on Nodes
Distributing SSH Keys
Adding Deployment Keys
AWS EC2 Bootstrapping
Provisioning EC2 Instances
Configuring Database Host
Configuring Web Server
Chef Azure VM Extensions
Azure Key Vault ARM
Azure-cli and Powershell
Azure Resource Manager
All our courses are classroom courses in which the students are guided through the material on the basis of an experienced trainer with in-depth material knowledge. Theory is always interspersed with exercises.
We also do custom classes and then adjust the course content to your wishes. On request we will also discuss your practical cases.
The course times are from 9.30 to 16.30. But we are flexible in this. Sometimes people have to bring children to the daycare and other times are more convenient for them. In good consultation we can then agree on different course times.
We take care of the computers on which the course can be held. The software required for the course has already been installed on these computers. You do not have to bring a laptop to participate in the course. If you prefer to work on your own laptop, you can take it with you if you wish. The required software is then installed at the start of the course.
Our courses are generally given with Open Source software such as Eclipse, IntelliJ, Tomcat, Pycharm, Anaconda and Netbeans. You will receive the digital course material to take home after the course.
The course includes lunch that we use in a restaurant within walking distance of the course room.
The courses are planned at various places in the country. A course takes place at a location if at least 3 people register for that location. If there are registrations for different locations, the course will take place at our main location, Houten which is just below Utrecht. A course at our main location also takes place with 2 registrations and regularly with 1 registration. And we also do courses at the customer’s location if they appreciate that.
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