Using Chef to define and configure your systems requires an understanding of what’s possible as well as the tools you will have at your disposal. In this course, you will learn the fundamentals to develop configuration management solutions with Chef.
Chef gives you the ability to define complex configuration management solutions, bringing your entire fleet of servers under automated, code-driven control with robust and independent testing and auditing. In this course, Getting Started with Chef Fluency, you will begin understanding what’s possible with the Chef platforms and tools which are available to you, as well as becoming familiar with the foundational concepts of Chef, including test-driven development and automation is critical in your role as a Chef developer and engineer. First, you’ll look at the core components of Chef, including Chef Workstation and Chef Infra Server. Then, you’ll explore the Chef design philosophy which brings native Ruby functionality into your Chef recipes. Finally, you’ll bring all this knowledge and learning together by exploring test-driven development Test Kitchen and InSpec. By the end of this course, you'll be developing custom Chef resources to easily deploy complex configuration management solutions.
James Bannan is a published author and experienced public speaker based in Melbourne, Australia. He is a Microsoft specialist, with a particular focus on Azure infrastructure architecture, development, and automation.
Course Overview Hi there. My name is James Bannan, and welcome to this Pluralsight course, Getting Started with Chef Fluency. I am a consultant and IT architect based in Melbourne, Australia. I've authored a number of Pluralsight courses, and helping business learn and transform with automation and DevOps technologies is the main focus of what I do every day. This course will enable you to become familiar with the primary concepts and components of working with Chef, including resources, recipes, and cookbooks, testing your configurations with InSpec and Test Kitchen, and working with Chef Infra Server. Some of the major topics that we will cover include developing Chef solutions using Chef Workstation, understanding how to work with node objects in Chef Infra Server, and configuration and compliance testing with Chef InSpec. By the end of this course, you'll have a thorough understanding of the core components of Chef and will be comfortable to write your own cookbooks for automated code-driven configuration management, as well as constructing audits to validate that your code does what you intend. There are no specific prerequisites for this course, as it is intended to be an introductory course to Chef. We are going to jump between Linux and Windows a bit throughout the course, so being comfortable with one or both of these platforms will help, but you certainly don't need to be an expert. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn all about working with the core foundations of Chef in this course, Getting Started with Chef Fluency, at Pluralsight.