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Use an InSpec Test

In this hands-on lab, you are tasked with creating an InSpec testing profile and will need to change that profile to perform certain checks on the server's file system. The InSpec tests will need to pass with no errors. You will be provided a configured Chef Workstation with Chef InSpec pre-installed for you.

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Clock icon Beginner
Clock icon 30m
Clock icon Aug 13, 2021

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  1. Challenge

    Log In to the Provided Server and Ensure It Is Ready

    Log in to the server as cloud_user with the provided password to ensure you can login. The server has Chef Workstation already installed. When the file SERVER-READY is listed in the /home/cloud_user folder, then you can start the tasks. If the SERVER-READY file is not listed, please log out and in a few minutes, log back in to check it again.

  2. Challenge

    Create and Edit Chef InSpec Test Profile

    Use the appropriate commands and create an InSpec test profile called filesystem-test. Accept any licenses. Use the cd command to move the test profile. Locate the appropriate test file used by InSpec and edit it to test read/write permissions of the /reporting folder for the user cloud_user.

  3. Challenge

    Run Chef InSpec Test Profile and Check for Errors

    Using the appropriate InSpec commands, run the test profile called filesystem-test and check for errors. Unless you have already created the folder called /reporting with the appropriate permissions, it is expected that your test profile, once run, will show errors. Fix the errors so that none are shown. Re run the InSpec test. Once there are no errors then the Lab is complete.

    NOTE: You may need to run the InSpec command using sudo or as the root user.

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