Chef Intermediate Topics

  Duration:  
3 days

Chef Intermediate Topics is an instructor-led course that first introduces you to test-driven development (TDD) and then shows you how to extend your cookbooks with custom resources and Ohai plugins.

This course is delivered virtually online and you can attend from any location on the planet with a solid internet connection

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Course Summary

Chef Intermediate Topics is an instructor-led course that first introduces you to test-driven development (TDD) and then shows you how to extend your cookbooks with custom resources and Ohai plugins.

Syllabus

Building cookbooks with tests will increase the speed at which you work by giving you consistent feedback throughout the entire cookbook development process. Extending your cookbooks with custom resources will increase clarity within your recipes and provide resources that are portable to other cookbooks. Ohai plugins gather data from your nodes that will aid in more dynamic recipes and extensive reporting.

In this course, you will learn how to confidently refactor and expand a cookbook through explanation, demonstration, practice, and discussion. At the end of the course, you will have created code that can be applied to solve the unique challenges you face managing your infrastructure.

Two day course agenda:

  • Introduction
  • Lab Environment Setup
  • Setting up Test Kitchen
  • TDD: Writing Tests First
  • Build Reliable Cookbooks with TDD
  • Agility with Unit Testing & ChefSpec
  • Refactoring Using Attributes
  • Refactoring Testing to Multiple Platforms
  • Storing Data in Data bags
  • Encrypting Data in Data bags
  • Setting up Hashicorp Vault Server
  • Storing Secrets in Hashicorp Vault
  • Creating Apache Vhosts
  • Creating Custom Resources
  • Configuring Custom Resources
  • Refining Custom Resources
  • Testing Custom Resources
  • Custom Ohai Attributes
  • Using Ruby in Chef

To take this course, you should have completed Chef Fundamentals or Chef Essentials or have comparable work experience. You should have working knowledge of core Chef concepts and resources.

Workstation requirements:

You will need a wi-fi enabled workstation with admin/root access on the machine for class. You will need the ability to remotely log into the virtual machines provided in class.

Customer Comments

BlackBerry Limited

I don't usually like online training, but this training was great and Eric is really good, well-organized, and in control. The way he engaged each participants is amazing, and how he troubleshoot issues.

CRITEO

Class was excellent, and the Instructor was even better! Robin Beck is the best!

CVS Health

The lab setups are excellent and allow the class to focus on the training objectives. It was a great way to get hands on experience with Compliance in one day.

CVS Health

This was the best training class I've taken. It was online using Zoom, it was super easy to share code and collaborate. The instructor kept everything going at a perfect pace and his knowledge and expertise on the topic was evident. 22 years of training in my career and this was hands down the best class I've taken. Better than classroom training. Looking forward to more!

IBM

This was the best course I've ever taken. The instructor was just GREAT!

IBM

Just Great!

Rakuten Inc.

It was great.

Shomi

Robin Beck provided an excellent training: he was very knowledgeable and held a very comprehensive two day training session!

Softtek

this is a great class, with great content and mentor

Telmate

Excellent information presented by an experienced practitioner and an excellent presenter.

Texas Comptroller

Even though I've been using Chef for three years, I found this class immensely useful; not only did it allow me to examine and compare my current practices to those presented in the training, but I learned several new techniques for using Chef tools.

MITRE

I will recommend this class to my organization as one of the more complete solutions to on boarding new Chef users.

Trace3

I was sad to have the training end! The personalized attention from the instructor was priceless. Chef made sense and I LOVED it! Every question and problem were solved and explained. Truly craft masters of Chef, take this and be ready to be amazed. I'm applying what I learned the next week after the course. Thank you CHEF!