Chef Fundamentals: A Recipe for Automating Infrastructure
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Chef Fundamentals: A Recipe for Automating Infrastructure

The Chef-Certified beginner’s guide to developing cookbooks locally and distributing changes with a Chef Server
4.6 (563 ratings)
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  • 10 hours on-demand video
  • 105 Supplemental Resources
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Describe how Configuration Management with Chef is performed.
  • Be technically savvy in the process of installing and configuring servers in the cloud or in an on-premise datacenter.
  • Gain an understanding of Chef's core components, architecture, terminology and have basic fluency with the most commonly used tools.
  • Be able to utilize and describe Chef terms like Resources, Recipes, Cookbooks, The Chef Server, Roles, Environments, and Data Bags
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  • Before taking this course, we recommend some prior experience writing code. This can be just about any flavor! You don't have to be an expert developer to get started with Chef, and you don't need to be familiar with Ruby.
  • Understand how to use a command-line text editor, like Vi, Emacs or Nano to edit files.
  • Beginner-level experience navigating a Terminal, such as Powershell or Bash, and using it to perform basic file manipulations
  • A basic understanding of system administration, such as what it means to install and configure packages and start services.

Are you the only Chef in the kitchen? Is your infrastructure suffering from snowflake servers? Are you sick and tired of provisioning machines by hand every time you need to put out a fire? Configuring infrastructure shouldn’t be painful, it should be a joy.

Chef Fundamentals has been reviewed and approved by the Chef Training team. The Chef team is excited about the partnership with Udemy and TechnoTrainer and look forward to the development of additional Chef courses. Chef is a platform for the DevOps workflow, and is used to automate and manage it all--infrastructure, run-time environments and applications. The most enduring and transformative companies use Chef to become fast, efficient, and innovative software-driven organizations.

Join Robin Beck as he automates everything in the only Chef-Certified class on Udemy. Learn to combine resources into recipes, recipes into cookbooks, and transform your infrastructure into code. With Chef we’ll learn to use the power of the Ruby language to eloquently describe the state of a system, whether you’re new to automation or have been administering systems since 1992. We’ll learn how to locally configure a server with the Chef Development Kit, then use the power of a Chef Server to distribute your cookbook to one, or a hundred systems.

This fundamentals class will cover the basics of infrastructure as code. Start by learning about Chef architecture and the tools included in the ChefDK (Chef Development Kit). Then learn how to use a Chef Server to distribute your cookbooks to multiple servers as you push your application to production.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course has been designed for DevOps engineers wanting to learn Configuration Management with Chef.
  • Operations and Development personnel wanting to become DevOps engineers.
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Curriculum For This Course
89 Lectures
Welcome to Chef Fundamentals
8 Lectures 01:11:20

Setup: Configure Your Lab Environment with Vagrant and Virtualbox

Bonus Setup: Configure Your Lab Environment with Amazon Web Services

Bonus Setup: Configure Your Lab Environment with Google Compute Engine

Bonus Setup: Configure Your Lab Environment with Microsoft Azure
Chef and Configuration Management
4 Lectures 16:24
What is Configuration Management?

Infrastructure as Code

Exercise: Your First Chef Recipe

How Chef Thinks About System Components
Resources: Chef's Basic Building Blocks
5 Lectures 26:06

Exercise: Create a Workstation Setup Recipe

Organizing Resources with Recipes

Test Your Knowledge About Resources and Recipes
3 questions
5 Lectures 37:35
Overview: Cookbooks

Organizing Recipes with Cookbooks

Cookbook Components

Revision Control with Git

Exercise: Deploy an Apache Webserver

3 questions
The chef-client
4 Lectures 14:59
Overview: The chef-client run

Applying Recipes and Cookbooks

The include_recipe method

Exercise: Run the chef-client

3 questions
4 Lectures 25:38
Overview: Taking System Inventory

An Object Called 'Node'

Accessing Node Attibutes

Exercise: Add Node Details to the Web Application

3 questions
5 Lectures 28:15
Overview: Using Template Resources

Why Use Templates?

Understanding Embedded Ruby

Adding Templates to Recipes

Exercise: Refactor the Web Application with a Template

3 questions
Other Common Resources
6 Lectures 44:38
Overview: Other Common Resources




user and group

sending and receiving notifications

Common Resources
3 questions
Troubleshooting and Bonus Content
7 Lectures 01:08:52
Overview: Debugging, Linting, and Testing

Explore the ChefDK

Your Toolkit

The Troubleshooting Process

Demo: Breaking Things

Bonus: Intro to Test Kitchen

Bonus: Intro to ChefSpec

Testing and the ChefDK
3 questions
The Chef Server
6 Lectures 37:42
Overview: Interfacing with a Chef Server

Why use a Chef Server?

Exercise: Getting Started with Hosted Chef

Exercise: Uploading Cookbooks

Exercise: Reconfigure Your Vagrant Environment

Exercise: Bootstrap your Web Server

The Chef Server
3 questions
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About the Instructor
Chef Software
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We are Chef (formerly Opscode). Chef is the platform for the DevOps workflow. Use Chef to automate and manage it all--infrastructure, run-time environments and applications. The Chef community is tens of thousands strong. The most enduring and transformative companies use Chef to become fast, efficient, and innovative software-driven organizations. Join us today.
TechnoTrainer LLC
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At TechnoTrainer, we're committed to making our clients successful through awesome training.

TechnoTrainer delivers your training on your behalf with technical expertise and a long history of professionalism. Our instructors will deliver your technology to your customers with the same enthusiasm and technical expertise as your own employees.

As TechnoTrainer's Lead Instructor, Robin ensures that we as an organization are up to date on the latest software releases and fixes so our instructors can focus on delivering great classes. Robin is also uniquely qualified to make sure our instructors are consistently giving customers an incredible learning experience.

Robin has spent years working one-on-one with individuals who are trying to create positive change in their relationship with technology. His endless patience with others has been marked by his friends as a borderline character flaw, and has served him greatly in working with children and adults of all ages.

With eight years of teaching experience, Robin has finely-tuned his ability to communicate complex technical information in a relatable way with ease. Starting as a teaching assistant at Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, Colorado, Robin led star talks and gave presentations that were focused on improving people’s relationships with nature and the cosmos, eventually designing shows and curriculum before working as a Lab and Outreach educator.

Robin has completed two B.A.'s in astronomy and physics, and holds a technical certificate from the web development school RefactorU, where he has also served as an educator. Now Robin keeps TechnoTrainer's workforce moving forward towards excellence.