Chef Introduction & Demo Workshop

In this session we will cover the following topics:

What is / Introduction to chef - what does it solve

Chef components chef-server, chef-client, knife etc

Setting up Chef Workstation [ with/out Chef Server ]

Introduction to Cookbooks [ Attributes / Nodes etc .. ]

Reusing existing cookbooks

Writing your own cookbooks

Short demo - chef bootstrap, chef server [webui/api/search], chef client [configuring & running], cookbook deployment & SCM integration (git)

Open Questions Time.


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  • Haggai Philip Z.

    And as I said yesterday during the session, considering the internet issue I will be happy to provide support on any issues you may have in order to help you getting up and running.

    2 · November 5, 2013

    • Gil Z.

      I would just like to comment that I do think you are a great instructor, and would definitely attend things you teach again, just hoping next time the logistics are working ;)

      November 5, 2013

    • Haggai Philip Z.

      Thanks for the vote of confidence - and please don't hesitate to ask questions.

      1 · November 5, 2013

  • Haggai Philip Z.

    Hi all

    1. Meetup slides are hosted on github pages: http://tikalk-cookbooks.github....­

    2. Chef server overview - prezi available @ : http://prezi.com/8zwcr5df9eno/chef-intro-chef-server-workflow/#

    3. chef_worksthop git repo is available @ https://github.com/tikalk-cookbo...­

    4. chef server repo for the chef server 'route' available @: https://github.com/tikalk-cookbo...­

    5. "ntp-intro" cookbook available in both the chef_repo and the standalone repository as I said during the meetup this is just for educational purposes - available @: https://github.com/tikalk-cookbo...­

    Please feel free to comment / feedback / e-mail on the materials, the instructor etc.

    Hope you enjoyed the meetup,
    HP

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • Haggai Philip Z.

    Erez & Gil

    Thank you both for the feedback, I agree that the fact we rely on internet connectivity which was poor was a mistake, which I will address in future meetups.

    Using a live cd / installer isn't a realistic approach for it will force every trainee to work with a specific OS and specific tools and as you might know we love to choose our tools.
    In continuation to that statement using an installer will also not suffice considering every laptop has it's specific image so I am not sure an "omnibus" installer really exists in this kind of situation - it is not as if everyone uses the same image or hardware ...

    In regards to too many topics - I am not sure for the feedback I got on this session in the past is that it was too little ..., so it's very hard to satisfy the entire crowd. I would also say that the fact we couldn't complete the lab resulted in the feeling it was too much and some felt it didn't sync in :)

    HP

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Gil Z.

    Hi,

    it seems like Haggai really knows his stuff, and its a big shame the same way Erez wrote, since had it not been for faulty preparation or logistics, this could have been a great opportunity.

    I for one feel this missed the entire point of the workshop.
    I had a trouble getting this up and running, I didn't even get to the point of actually editing and making a chef recipe.

    I signed up for this ONLY for the hands on session, since most of the theory is something I already knew.

    I recommend the following for your next session:

    1) use a live cd with all the required resources and a specific version of linux you already tested everything with. no reliance on internet connections or pre-installation.

    2) split the 210 minute session into 30 minute intervals in which we alternate 30 minutes theory and then 30 minutes practice.

    3) allow everyone from this sessions who paid for hands on training to get it for free in your next session, since this was obviously not achieved this time.

    November 5, 2013

  • Erez R.

    1. Too many topic to cover in 3.5 hours: Chef-Solo, Chef-Server, Vagrant. I felt that if I hadn't tried all of these myself before I wouldn't understand a thing.

    2. The practical hands on session heavily relied on internet connection which we didn't have, so we missed this part, which was approx half of the workshop.

    All in all, it is a shame because these are really interesting tools and I think the lecturer does have a good knowledge of them.

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Vitaly

    is it free event (as said at Geektime) or there is $60 entry fee?

    November 3, 2013

    • Yifat K.

      This workshop costs 60$ , i will update geektime accordingly , sorry for the misunderstanding.

      November 3, 2013

  • Nur N. E.

    I cant come there

    November 1, 2013

  • Haggai Philip Z.

    Looking forward to seeing you all,
    If you plan on performing the workshop part, bring your laptops and make sure you have:
    1. Git
    2. VirtualBox
    3. Vagrant [ 1.2.x & above ]
    4. ruby 1.9.3 & above [on *nix rvm ]
    5. ruby gems 2.1.x
    6. librarian-chef gem

    We will provide a few minutes for setup during the workshop.

    November 1, 2013

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