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 class is also the first step on your way towards Chef Certification.

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
  • 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