Learning Chef
A Guide to Configuration Management and Automation
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2014
Pages: 366

Get a hands-on introduction to the Chef, the configuration management tool for solving operations issues in enterprises large and small. Ideal for developers and sysadmins new to configuration management, this guide shows you to automate the packaging and delivery of applications in your infrastructure. You’ll be able to build (or rebuild) your infrastructure’s application stack in minutes or hours, rather than days or weeks.

After teaching you how to write Ruby-based Chef code, this book walks you through different Chef tools and configuration management concepts in each chapter, using detailed examples throughout. All you need to get started is command-line experience and familiarity with basic system administration.

  • Configure your Chef development environment and start writing recipes
  • Create Chef cookbooks with recipes for each part of your infrastructure
  • Use Test Kitchen to manage sandbox testing environments
  • Manage single nodes with Chef client, and multiple nodes with Chef Server
  • Use data bags for storing shared global data between nodes
  • Simulate production Chef Server environments with Chef Zero
  • Classify different types of services in your infrastructure with roles
  • Model life stages of your application, including development, testing, staging, and production
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Fantastic Examples and Great Shortcuts

By Craig

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      Comments about oreilly Learning Chef:

      Chef is a pretty whiz-bang, "how did I ever manage servers without this?" product. But like all complex systems, if you don't know the theory and design decisions behind it, Chef can be pretty hard to debug, especially when you're starting out.

      Learning Chef strikes a really good balance between "this is what you do" and "this is why you do it." I was able to follow the examples well AND get myself out of trouble. Then when I confronted our real-world Chef server at work, I was surprised at how much I understood.

       
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      Good introduction to Chef

      By Shing

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        Comments about oreilly Learning Chef:

        I have read and tried the examples of the first seven chapters in the book. The instruction on setting up the environment and examples are clear and easy to follow.

        The authors have done a good job in explaining the concept in Chef. The chapter in Ruby has good coverage of the parts of Ruby that are relevant in Chef. As I did not know any Ruby, I found it very useful.

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