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Getting Started with Chef Fluency

by James Bannan

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.

What you'll learn

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.

About the author

James Bannan is a consultant based in Melbourne, Australia. He has worked in the IT industry for over 18 years and has worked in a variety of roles, from helpdesk to systems administration and now as a consultant. He is a published author, having written many articles for both print and online publications as well as a book on System Center Configuration Manager. James is an experienced public speaker and was awarded the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award from Microsoft for eight years in a ... more

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