Vagrant Up! Comprehensive development system automation

Go from zero to hero by solving the development system dilemma with automation and versioned configuration with Vagrant
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  • Length 4.5 hours
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Published 9/2014 English Closed captions available

Course Description

Vagrant UP

This is a comprehensive course designed to show how to setup local development environments using Vagrant and related tools.

Just Updated: May 25, 2015! New bonus section added (Chef Solo).

Course Outline

Introduction provides an overview for the course, cover the core concepts for Vagrant, how to get the course materials.

Installation provides step-by-step instructions on how to setup Vagrant, VirtualBox, and other tools needed for the rest of the course on both Windows and Mac platforms.

Getting Started walks through the basics of using Vagrant and how to version control (using Git) a project using Vagrant.

Boxes covers how to find, manage and use Vagrant boxes.

Plugins walks through finding, using and managing plugins in Vagrant in order to extend Vagrant's functionality.

Provisioning covers how to write file and shell provisioners to automatically install software when Vagrant first runs or on demand. After learning the basics of provisioning, this section ends with a full-fledged LAMP-stack provisioned.

Multiple Virtual Machines walks through using Vagrant with a multiple VM configuration, when we dissect the LAMP stack in the previous section and create two virtual machine definitions within one configuration file.

Conclusion has some final thoughts on Vagrant and provides links to resources for additional learning.

Bonus! sections feature advanced topics like creating custom Vagrant boxes and using the Chef Solo provisioner.

Course Features

Presentations provide audio/video training of conceptual ideas in each major area or introduction of new concepts.

Screencasts provide a video of the instructor's computer system with any actions, commands, or screens displayed and narrated. There are several hours of screencat video content -- it makes up the vast majority of the course. Any command line based screencast will include a command listing in the lecture downloads.

Several attachments throughout the course provide supplemental information, illustrations, or other reference material.

What are the requirements?

  • An interest in learning about virtualizing development systems
  • Basic computer skills, intermediate experience recommended
  • Ability to install software (admin rights)
  • Modern Mac / Windows computer (within last 5 years), 64-bit operating system recommended
  • Recommended: Virtualization chipset support (VT-x, etc)
  • Recommended: Some exposure to computer programming
  • Recommended: Experience using the command line or shell terminal
  • Recommended: Exposure Linux and/or Bash shell environment
  • Recommended: Exposure to desktop virtualization (VirtualBox, VMWare Player/Workstation, Parallels, etc)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create automatic, reliable, repeatable, easy to use, and versioned development environments
  • Write provisioning scripts to automatically setup Vagrant managed environments
  • Solve the development box setup problem

Who is the target audience?

  • Software Engineers, developers, and programmers
  • DevOps, IT Operations, Development Support
  • Freelancers
  • IT Managers
  • Anyone who hates "It works on my machine!"

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Introduction to Vagrant UP

This lecture goes over the course goals, course overview and assumptions/requirements for the course.


Core Concepts

Goes over the main concepts for solving the developer box issue and focuses on critical Vagrant terms.


Course Materials

Links to the two GitHub repositories used throughout the course. Also provides links to other resources, like the course website.

Core Concepts Quiz
7 questions
Section 2: Installation

Installation Overview

Overview of the installation process for Vagrant and related tools.


Windows Installation

Step-by-step walk-through of installating Vagrant, VirtualBox, and related tools on the Windows platform.


Mac OS X Installation

Step-by-step walk-through of installating Vagrant, VirtualBox, and related tools on the Mac OS X platform.

Section 3: Getting Started

Vagrant Quick Start

How to use and manage Vagrant to control virtual machines running in VirtualBox.


Version Control with Vagrant Projects

How to use Git version control system with Vagrant-based projects.

Getting Started Quiz
5 questions
Getting Started Command Listing
2 pages
Section 4: Boxes

Managing Vagrant Boxes

How to list, add, update, and remove Vagrant boxes.


Finding More Vagrant Boxes

How to find, install, and use new Vagrant boxes from and Vagrant Cloud websites.

Boxes Quiz
3 questions
Boxes Command Listing
2 pages
Section 5: Plugins

Extending Vagrant with Plugins

Plugins are a way to extend the basic functionality of Vagrant. This lecture demonstrates how to use, add, update, and remove plugins in Vagrant.

Plugins Quiz
2 questions
Plugins Command Listing
1 page
Section 6: Provisioning

Provisioning Introduction

Section introduction to provisioning in Vagrant. Covers core concepts used throughout the section.


Manual Provisioning in Vagrant

Create a LAMP stack VM by manually provisioning on top of a base CentOS image, then create a customized new baseline after the manual provision process.


File Provisioner

How to use the File provisioner in Vagrant. This lecture covers some setup that is used in other lectures as well.


Shell Provisioner

Covers how to write a shell provisioner in Vagrant in three ways -- inline, heredoc, and external.


LAMP Stack Example, Part 1

Complete walk-through of setting up a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) stack using the File and Shell provisioners. This example has been divided into two parts, this is the first part.


LAMP Stack Example, Part 2

Complete walk-through of setting up a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) stack using the File and Shell provisioners. This example has been divided into two parts, this is the second part.

Provisioning Quiz
5 questions
Provisioning Command Listing
3 pages
Section 7: Multiple Virtual Machines

Multiple Virtual Machines in Vagrant

Up to now, this course has focused on just one virtual machine definition per Vagrant configuration. However, Vagrant support multiple virtual machine definitions at once. This lecture covers how to provision and use a multi-VM setup in Vagrant.

Multiple Virtual Machines Quiz
2 questions
Multiple VMs Command Listing
1 page
Section 8: Conclusion

Course Conclusion

Some parting words and recommended resources for the official end of the main course. The Bonus section pickups with advanced and non-core topics.



List of resources available on the Internet.

Section 9: Bonus! Creating Custom Boxes for Vagrant
Introduction to Custom Boxes
Acquire OS Image
VirtualBox Setup and OS Installation
Vagrant Customizations, Part 1
Vagrant Customizations, Part 2
Package and Test
Custom Box Conclusion
Section 10: Bonus! Using the Chef Solo Provisioner
Introduction to Chef
Chef Supermarket and Selecting a Cookbook
Using the Cookbook with Vagrant
Evaluation of the Supermarket Cookbook
Creating a Custom Cookbook - Setup and Metadata
Cookbook Attributes
Creating the Default (main) Recipe
Writing the Cookbook Template Files
Testing and Debugging the Custom Cookbook
Executing the Custom Cookbook
Final Testing of the Custom Cookbook
Using Chef Roles instead of Listing Recipes
Chef Solo with Vagrant Conclusion and Additional Resources
Section 11: Bonus! Special Offers
Bonus: Exclusive Student Discounts

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Instructor Biography

Jason Taylor, Sr. Software Engineer, Technical Trainer on 14 Udemy Courses

With nearly 20 years of programming and software development experience, I started out teaching myself programming while in High School. I put myself through college working for a local Internet Service Provider as a programmer. Before finishing college, I developed and sold an award winning website to a Dot-Com start-up. After college, I have worked at several companies ranging from start-ups to large enterprises focusing on Java and client-side technologies (HTML/CSS/JavaScript). Throughout my career, I have opportunity to learn many software development best practices and exposure to several version control systems.

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