Now that you've had an overview of Chef, you're ready to learn about the next steps.
- [Instructor] I want to thank you for joining me in this brief overview of the Chef ecosystem. In this class, we explored a lot of the fundamental components of how Chef works. We explored the Workstation, interfacing with a Chef Server, and managing nodes with a Chef Server. We also explored the basics of what are recipes, cookbooks, and how do we use resources inside of them. You also saw us cover some testing, and also how to deal with more advanced server components in the future.
I hope this information will be useful for you as you begin moving forward in your exploration of Chef in configuration management. Going forward. I really encourage you to practice. Practice is definitely the only way to truly master Chef. The best way to learn Chef is to use Chef. So I want to give you a few places where you can practice some of the concepts we learned in this class. Firstly, head over to learn.chef.io.
There are amazing tutorials on this interface for actually practicing many of the basics that we learn in this class. You can learn more about resources, recipes, cookbooks, Ruby, and more advanced configurations that you can make. Learn.chef.io has hours of tutorials, where you can get hands-on experience using Chef right in the browser. On learn.chef.io, you'll also find the skills library.
You can find more information about some of the topics we covered like what actually happens during the bootstrapping process? How does the chef-client run? How does security work? And also more information about node attributes. Check out the skills library for many different articles explaining best practices when using Chef. Also, be aware of the community resources that Chef puts together for you to learn more about the platform. On our GitHub account, you can find the awesome Chef directory that actually goes through and explains more articles and even podcasts where you can listen to people discussing configuration management.
Don't forget about the docs. The docs are highly readable and well-maintained. If you have a question about using any Chef component, head over to the docs and look it up before you start Googling questions or looking at stack overflow articles. It's a great place to review the concepts we covered in this class and to take a deeper dive. Finally, training.chef.io. If you really want to master this material, I recommend you look into every training opportunity possible.
On this site, you can learn more about other classes that you can take and also learn about getting Chef certified. The certification track will prepare you for using this information on the job and in the real world. Thanks again for joining me. We'll see ya next time.
- Configuration management
- Using Chef
- Installing the Chef development kit (ChefDK)
- Provisioning a CentOS instance
- Using recipes and the Apache cookbook
- Working with nodes and node objects
- Using templates and embedded Ruby
- Hosting a Chef server
- Provisioning nodes with AWS
- Testing deployments with Kitchen
- Exploring the Chef Supermarket
- Resolving dependencies with Berkshelf
- Working with server roles, environments, and data bags