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Instant Chef Starter

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John Ewart

A practical guide to getting started with Chef, an indispensable tool for provisioning and managing your system's infrastructure
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782163466
Paperback70 pages

About This Book

  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results.
  • Learn the core capabilities of Chef and how it integrates with your infrastructure
  • Set up your own Chef server for managing your infrastructure
  • Provision new servers with ease and develop your own recipes for use with Chef

Who This Book Is For

This book is aimed at developers and system administrators who are looking for ways to better manage complex infrastructures in a consistent fashion. No previous experience with Chef is assumed.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Instant Chef Starter
So, what is Chef?
Installation
Quick start
Top features you need to know about
People and places that you should know

What You Will Learn

  • What Chef can provide you as a systems administrator
  • Install your own Chef server
  • Provision new servers programmatically
  • Download and use existing recipes
  • Build your own custom recipes
  • Use data bags to describe complex infrastructure data
  • Automate operations across an entire network or a subset of it
  • Scale your infrastructure from a handful to hundreds of servers

In Detail

As any systems administrator will tell you, managing one server can be challenging, let alone a dozen or more. With Chef, you can make managing dozens or even hundreds of servers manageable and learn how to configure and deploy new servers.

"Instant Chef Starter" is a hands-on guide to managing your infrastructure. You will learn the benefits of using Chef as well as how to install, configure, and use the set of tools provided. The book will also cover developing recipes for use with Chef to install software and maintain configurations so managing dozens of servers is no more difficult than managing one.

Learn how Chef fits into your infrastructure, install the software, build your own recipes, and provision servers with ease.

This book covers installing your own Chef server to manage your infrastructure and software configurations. Discover where you can find existing templates for managing software packages and operating systems and then learn to write your own. After you have done that, learn how to apply operations, execute scripts, and manage configurations across an entire network with only one command.

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