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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.
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|Section 1: Introduction|
Introduction to Vagrant UP
This lecture goes over the course goals, course overview and assumptions/requirements for the course.
Goes over the main concepts for solving the developer box issue and focuses on critical Vagrant terms.
Links to the two GitHub repositories used throughout the course. Also provides links to other resources, like the course website.
Core Concepts Quiz
|Section 2: Installation|
Overview of the installation process for Vagrant and related tools.
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
Getting Started Command Listing
|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 VagrantBox.es and Vagrant Cloud websites.
Boxes Command Listing
|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 Command Listing
|Section 6: Provisioning|
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.
How to use the File provisioner in Vagrant. This lecture covers some setup that is used in other lectures as well.
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 Command Listing
|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
Multiple VMs Command Listing
|Section 8: 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
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