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Using Terraform Provisioners to Set Up an Apache Web Server on AWS

In this hands-on lab, we'll be using a Terraform provisioner to custom bootstrap a VM in AWS and install a webserver on it, and then test that the webserver is working as expected.

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 45m
Clock icon Mar 29, 2021

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Clone Terraform Code and Switch to the Proper Directory

    1. Clone the code required for the lab from the provided GitHub repository.
    2. Switch to the directory where the code required for this lab resides (content-hashicorp-certified-terraform-associate-foundations/section3-hol2/).
  2. Challenge

    Examine the Code in the File

    1. View the contents of the file.
    2. Examine the code in the resource block that is creating the EC2 instance (your virtual machine).
    3. Examine the code in the provisioner block that is issuing commands to be carried out on that resource once it is created.
  3. Challenge

    Deploy the Code and Access the Bootstrapped Webserver

    1. Initialize the working directory and download the required providers with the terraform init command.
    2. Validate the code using the terraform validate command.
    3. Review the actions that will be performed when you deploy the code using the terraform plan command.
    4. Deploy the code with the terraform apply command.
    5. Navigate to the bootstrapped webserver's IP address, and validate that the provisioner worked as intended.

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