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Chef Infrastructure Automation Cookbook

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Learn
  • Define your infrastructure as code with Chef
  • Set up your local development and testing environment for Chef with cookbooks and Vagrant
  • Debug your cookbooks and Chef runs by using the numerous inspection and logging facilities of Chef
  • Write clean and maintainable cookbooks by following established coding standards and patterns
  • Drive your cookbooks from external data or node specific attributes by using data bags and search
  • Manage and scale your cloud infrastructure by automating your configuration management
  • Extend Chef to meet your advanced needs by creating custom plugins for Knife and Ohai
  • Test your Chef cookbooks and infrastructure by writing examples using Chef's testing infrastructure
About

Irrespective of whether you're a systems administrator or a developer, if you're sick and tired of repetitive manual work and not knowing whether you may dare to reboot your server, it's time for you to get your infrastructure automated.

Chef Infrastructure Automation Cookbook has all the required recipes to configure, deploy, and scale your servers and applications, irrespective of whether you manage 5 servers, 5,000 servers, or 500,000 servers.

Chef Infrastructure Automation Cookbook is a collection of easy-to-follow, step-by-step recipes showing you how to solve real-world automation challenges. Learn techniques from the pros and make sure you get your infrastructure automation project right the first time.

Chef Infrastructure Automation Cookbook takes you on a journey through the many facets of Chef. It teaches you simple techniques as well as fully fledged real-world solutions. By looking at easily digestible examples, you'll be able to grasp the main concepts of Chef, which you'll need for automating your own infrastructure. Instead of wasting time trying to get existing community cookbooks running in your environment, you'll get ready made code examples to get you started.

After describing how to use the basic Chef tools, the book shows you how to troubleshoot your work and explains the Chef language. Then, it shows you how to manage users, applications, and your whole cloud infrastructure. The book concludes by providing you additional, indispensable tools and giving you an in-depth look into the Chef ecosystem.

Chef Infrastructure Automation Cookbook will help you learn the techniques of the pros by walking you through a host of step-by-step guides to solve real-world infrastructure automation challenges.

Features
  • Configure, deploy, and scale your applications
  • Automate error prone and tedious manual tasks
  • Manage your servers on-site or in the cloud
  • Solve real world automation challenges with task-based recipes
  • The book is filled with working code and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions
Page Count 276
Course Length 8 hours 16 minutes
ISBN9781849519229
Date Of Publication 25 Aug 2013

Authors

Matthias Marschall

Matthias Marschall is a Software Engineer "made in Germany". His four children make sure that he feels comfortable in lively environments, and stays in control of chaotic situations. A lean and agile engineering lead, he's passionate about continuous delivery, infrastructure automation, and all things DevOps.

In recent years, Matthias has helped build several web-based businesses, first with Java and then with Ruby on Rails. He quickly grew into system administration, writing his own configuration management tool before migrating his whole infrastructure to Chef in its early days.

In 2008, he started a blog (http://www.agileweboperations.com) together with Dan Ackerson. There, they have shared their ideas about DevOps since the early days of the continually emerging movement. You can find him on Twitter as @mmarschall.

Matthias holds a Master's degree in Computer Science (Dipl.-Inf. (FH)) and teaches courses on Agile Software Development at the University of Augsburg.

When not writing or coding, Matthias enjoys drawing cartoons and playing Go. He lives near Munich, Germany.