• Online, Self-Paced
Course Description

The best practices of using a Chef Server are directly related to the reusability of cookbook recipes and components. This course will focus on the effective use of community cookbooks with a Chef server.

Learning Objectives

The Chef Supermarket

  • start the course
  • describe the reusability of Chef cookbooks and best practices around utilizing community code
  • search for cookbooks on supermarket.chef.io
  • distinguish the differences between library and application cookbooks

Wrapper Cookbooks

  • distinguish why community cookbooks should be called as dependencies instead of forking upstream code bases
  • configure and install dependencies in the metadata file with berkshelf

Cookbook Dependencies

  • manage Chef server cookbook versions with berkshelf
  • configure the Berksfile to point at a local dependency instead of a Chef Supermarket dependency

Node Attribute Precedence

  • use node attribute precedence when overwriting cookbook attribute values
  • assign node attributes at the role or environment level
  • identify the limitations of using roles and explain the purpose of a role cookbook

The Chef-client Cookbook

  • configure the chef-client as a service with a community cookbook
  • configure the logging location on a node directly or as a node attribute with the chef-client cookbook

Practice: Configuring a Load Balancer

  • configure a wrapper for the test_haproxy community cookbook to redirect traffic to a simple web server

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the NICE Framework Task, Knowledge, and Skill statements identified within the indicated NICE Framework component(s):

Specialty Areas

  • Systems Development