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Learning Chef

Rishabh Sharma, Mitesh Soni

Automate your infrastructure using code and leverage DevOps with Chef
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Book Details

ISBN 139781783285211
Paperback316 pages

About This Book

  • Leverage the power of Chef to transform your infrastructure into code to deploy new features in minutes
  • Understand the Chef architecture and its various components including the different types of server setups
  • Packed with practical examples and industry best practices for real-world situations

Who This Book Is For

If you are a system administrator, Linux administrator, cloud developer, cloud administrator, or someone who just wants to learn and apply Chef automation to your existing or new infrastructure, this book is for you. Some real-time understanding of IT processes and familiarity with Linux systems, Ruby, and JSON is essential.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: An Overview of Automation and Advent of Chef
Why automation is needed
Introduction to Chef
Existing automation tools and comparison with Chef
Self-test questions
Chapter 2: Different Components of Chef's Anatomy
The Chef automation
The Chef framework
Chef components
The Chef server API
The Chef community
Integration of Chef with Vagrant
A quick hands-on experience of a Hosted Chef server
Self-test questions
Chapter 3: Workstation Setup and Cookbook Creation
The VirtualBox installation
The Vagrant installation
The Git installation
Installation and configuration of a workstation
Workstation setup - creating a Chef repository
Launching a virtual machine with Vagrant and a workstation setup
Creating and uploading a simple cookbook
Self-test questions
Chapter 4: Learning about Cookbooks
Cookbook types
Components of a cookbook
Resources and providers
Syntax of resources
Example of resources
Self-test questions
Chapter 5: Managing the Nodes
Adding and deleting a node
Bootstrapping target nodes
Introducing search
Introducing data bags
Introducing handler
Self-test questions
Chapter 6: Working with an Open Source Chef Server
System requirements
Installing an open source Chef server
Installing an open source Chef server on a VMware Fusion virtual machine – Ubuntu 12.04
Using community cookbooks
Upgradation of the open source Chef server
Self-test questions
Chapter 7: Working with the On-premises Chef Server Setup
The on-premises Chef server
Benefits of on-premises Chef
Types of on-premises Chef installations
Downloading the installation package
Prerequisites for the standalone on-premises Chef installation
Installing standalone on-premises Chef
Prerequisites for the tiered on-premises Chef installation
Installing tiered on-premises Chef
Prerequisites for the high-availability Chef installation
Installing the high-availability Chef server
Managing on-premises Chef
Self-test questions
Chapter 8: Managing Chef on Cloud Infrastructure
What is cloud computing?
Why Chef with cloud infrastructure?
AWS EC2 bootstrapping using Chef
Rackspace Cloud server bootstrapping
VMware and Chef
Self-test questions
Chapter 9: Best Practices while Using Chef
Chef anti-patterns and patterns
Testing cookbooks
Best practices for effective usage of Chef
Self-test questions
Chapter 10: Case Studies on Different Chef Deployments
Case studies of Hosted Chef deployments
Case studies of Private Chef deployment
Case studies of the open source Chef deployment
Case studies of the Chef-solo deployment
Self-test questions

What You Will Learn

  • Learn the basic fundamentals of automation and gain a detailed architectural understanding of each component of Chef
  • Install all the components of Chef, including troubleshooting instructions
  • Explore the intricacies of Cookbook writing and every component of a Cookbook
  • Work with the open source Chef server and learn about its installation on a virtual machine
  • Discover the Private Chef Server and its various types of installations
  • Familiarize yourself with the best practices while working with Chef, and the various consumer case studies of different types of Chef deployment for their infrastructure

In Detail

Chef automation helps to transform infrastructure into simple code. This means that building, rebuilding, configuration, and scaling to meet your customer's needs is possible in just a few minutes in a real-time environment.

This book begins with the conceptual architecture of Chef, walking you through detailed descriptions of every Chef element. You will learn the procedure to set up your workstation and how to create a Cookbook in a hosted Chef environment.

Private Chef Server setup is covered in depth, with information on the necessity of on-premise Private Chef deployment, benefits, and installation and configuration procedures for the different types of Private Chef servers including standalone, tiered, and high-availability.

This book sheds light on industry best practices with practical Chef scenarios and examples.


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