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Chef Essentials – Level 2


Duration: 2 Days


With the advent of cloud computing, resource provisioning (launching servers etc.) became really fast while configuration management & managing the fleet of large number of cloud servers still remains a bottleneck for a long time. Chef (previously OpsCode Chef) is an enterprise tool that fills the gap and makes resource management very agile.

This course covers the concepts of DevOps & configuration management tool Chef in specific. As part of this course, you’ll also execute labs with some exercises that’ll give you a good balance of both theory & labs. You’ll learn about the concepts of cookbooks, recipes, roles & attributes. And how to use a central chef-server to manage the configuration while working with large fleet of machines.

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  • To attain fundamental understanding of concepts of DevOps & Chef configuration Management Tool
  • To learn to write Chef recipes & cookbooks manage onpremise or cloud servers
  • To setup & configure a multi-node environment with hosted chef server
  • Be able to understand security concepts of Chef & utilize it effectively for your use-case

Who Should Attend

  • Developers who wants to explore the system administration & configuration domain.

  • IT professionals who want to get started with a DevOps tool.

  • System Admins who are managing large scale server fleet & wants to bring in automation to their fleet.

  • IT professionals who are using on-premise or cloud servers for their application & want to reduce the time it takes to configure these servers before they can use it.

  • IT Architects who want to learn about configuration automation & want to have hands on experience on chef.

  • System Administrators that want to be able to manage cloud servers and networks without really doing it manually.

  • Decision makers who want to evaluate Chef for their companies.


There are no prerequisites for this course. However familiarity with IT environments & server administration for at least 6 months would be beneficial.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to DevOps & Chef
  2. Chef Basics
  3. Introduction to Vagrant
  4. Chef Client
    Hands-on: Use Chef-Solo on Vagrant to install packages & work with services. Work with cookbook files & templates
  5. Chef Server
    Hands-on: Upload already created cookbook to Chef Server using Knife. Bootstrap a node with uploaded cookbook
  6. Chef Roles
    Hands-on: Enhance already created cookbooks for a web-server role. Create additional cookbook for database server role (MySQL)
  7. Chef Environments
    Hands-on: Update cookbook’s metadata for different production / staging environment. Setup Environments on Chef-Server
  8. Deployments using Chef
  9. Chef Security

About The Trainer

Mamta Jha

Mamta Jha
Cloud Solutions Architect

Mamta has more than a decade of experience in Telecom domain and has been working in the Cloud domain for last 4 years. She has worked on first ever Cloud RNC (WCE – Wireless Cloud Element) which used VMware as a Hypervisor and VM Manager provider with their ESXi and vSphere products. She was a part of the pilot project of Alcatel-Lucent in moving the complete wireless domain to the Cloud.

She has around 4 years of experience in deploying and managing OpenStack infrastructure primarily on Red Hat Platform, Centos and Ubuntu. She has worked with organizations on setting up their complete private Cloud on OpenStack using PackStack / TripleO OpenStack deployment methods.

Mamta is currently working on architecting Cloud strategy for enterprises which include latest DevOps technologies like Chef, Ansible, Docker, Kubernetes, OpenShift, etc. She is tech-savvy and has attained several certifications.

She is a Red Hat Certified Instructor who delivers training to corporates and individuals on several Red Hat Cloud and DevOps courses.

She holds following Certifications:

  • Red Hat Certified System Admin in RHEL7
  • Red Hat Certified Engineer in RHEL7
  • Red Hat Certified System Administrator in OpenStack
  • Red Hat Certified Engineer OpenStack and Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in PaaS (OpenShift)
Red Hat Certified Engineer Red Hat Certified System Administrator Red Hat Certificate of Expertise

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