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Working with Chef

Course Summary

The Working with Chef training course is designed to explore Cookbook development for Chef.

The course begins with a review of both Ruby and Chef concepts. It then transitions into an examination of building Chef Cookbooks. The course concludes with an examination and review of Cookbooks.

Learn how to write cookbooks for Chef.
Dev Ops engineers need to automated build and deployment processes using Chef.
DevOps Engineer - Software Developer
Skill Level
Learning Spikes - Workshops
3 Days
Related Technologies
Ruby on Rails | Chef | CI/CD


Productivity Objectives
  • Describe the advantages of using Cookbooks with Chef
  • Write a simple Cookbook
  • Create a Cookbook to manage a Hadoop cluster
  • Identify processes / procedures during the build
  • Deploy process that are good Cookbook candidates
  • Apply common best practices to Cookbook development

What You'll Learn:

In the Working with Chef training course, you'll learn:
  • Ruby Primer (enough to understand reading Chef code)
    • Basic Syntax
    • Data structures used in Chef
    • Hash
    • Array
    • Blocks
  • Chef Refresher
    • What Chef provides
    • Cookbooks
  • Local Chef Cookbook Development
    • Vagrant
  • Running Chef
    • Chef Server/Client
    • Chef Solo
  • Building a Basic Cookbook
    • Parts of a Cookbook
    • Recipes
    • Attributes
    • Templates / Files
    • Example: NTP
    • Example: Resolv
  • Building a more Complicated Cookbook
    • Chef node customization
    • Environments
    • Roles
    • Nodes
    • Data Bags (Encrypted+)
    • Other Chef resources
    • Multiple cookbooks together
    • Dependency management
    • Cookbook Metadata
  • Cookbook Patterns and Practices
    • Application vs Library Cookbooks
    • Resources best practices
  • Chef Utilization to Manage a Hadoop cluster
  • Custom Resources
    • Libraries/definitions
    • LightWeight Resource providers
    • MCOM Cookbooks review
“I appreciated the instructor's technique of writing live code examples rather than using fixed slide decks to present the material.”


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