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Configuration Management with Chef-Solo

Naveed ur Rahman

A comprehensive guide to get you up and running with Chef-Solo.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781783982462
Paperback116 pages

About This Book

  • Explore various techniques that will help you save time in Infrastructure management
  • Use the power of Chef-Solo to run your servers and configure and deploy applications in an automated manner
  • This book will help you to understand the need for the configuration management tool and provides you with a step-by-step guide to maintain your existing infrastructure

Who This Book Is For

This book is aimed at system administrators and system engineers who have an understanding of configuration management tools and infrastructure. For novice administrators, it contains easy-to-use application recipes to get started immediately.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Chef and Chef-Solo
Getting started with Chef
Understanding Chef-Solo
Different use cases
An overview of Chef
Chapter 2: Setting Up an Environment for Chef-Solo
Installation on Linux and Ubuntu
Prerequisites of Chef-Solo
Downloading recipes
Chef-Solo configuration
Chapter 3: Setting Up a Development Environment
Introducing virtual machine
Executing recipes with Vagrant
Creating a Hello World recipe
Chapter 4: Developing Cookbooks
Exploring Knife
Developing recipes and cookbooks
Understanding recipes
Chapter 5: More about Cookbooks and Recipes
Using files
Exploring templates
Data bags
Restarting services and server handling
Chapter 6: Chef-Solo and Docker
Installing Docker
The working of Docker
Recommended ways to use Chef-Solo
Chef server

What You Will Learn

  • Define your infrastructure as code in Chef
  • Set up a testing and production environment with Chef-Solo
  • Test the incremental development of a project with Vagrant
  • Develop recipes and manage web and database roles
  • Automate tedious manual tasks
  • Learn to use data bags and write clean cookbooks
  • Create a Docker image using cookbooks
  • Manage and scale your cloud infrastructure by automating your configuration management

In Detail

Chef is a configuration management tool used to handle the hardest part of infrastructure, easing the deployment of servers and applications to any infrastructure. Chef-Solo is an open source version of the chef-client that allows you to use cookbooks with nodes, without requiring access to a Chef server. In any infrastructure, managing servers is one of the most critical tasks for any server administration. Chef-Solo makes the process of booting and provisioning many machines at the same time much easier.

Configuration Management with Chef-Solo will take you through the workflow of managing one or more servers. It includes many sample recipes to start with, and gradually you will take a look at the different interaction points and will also learn how Chef-Solo helps minimize your efforts to build and manage different machines. You will learn how to run servers while executing Ruby code. This  hands-on guide will help you to understand the importance of this amazing configuration management tool.


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