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Community Training: Quick Start Cloud Automation with Amazon EC2 and Opscode Chef, Saturday, August 6th

From: Florian
Sent on: Thursday, July 28, 2011 12:16 PM

Configuration Management with Amazon EC2 and Opscode Chef

Do you run your applications in the Amazon cloud? If so, you have likely experienced that the Amazon cloud makes it easy to provision new servers but does not help much with installation and management. The server installation process in the cloud is often the same as in traditional hardware based environments. The creation of multi-server environments in the cloud is even harder than in traditional ones because of the cloud’s dynamic nature. As a result, many companies do not use the full potential of the cloud and its capabilities to expand or shrink their infrastructure on demand.

Cloud Automation is one solution for this problem. Opscode Chef is a configuration management tool which allows the automated provisioning of new servers, the automated (unattended) installation of servers, and the configuration of multi-server environments (integration). Additionally, Opscode provides a community website with pre-built components (called cookbooks) which automate the installation of the most common server applications and packages.

This training provides an overview of the Opscode Chef platform and gives and introduction on the usage of pre-built cookbooks and how to extend them. Attendees will be guided through a hands-on example of a LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP) stack creation in a multi-server environment. Lessons learned can be easily applied to other technology stacks which support languages (i.e. Ruby, Python, and Java), webservers (i.e. lighttpd and nginx), and databases (i.e. Postgres).


Course Content

        Configuration Management with Chef

        Overview: Configuration Management

        Concept of Chef Roles, Cookbooks and Recipes

        Chef server processes / Opscode hosted Chef server


        How to find Cookbooks

        Environment (Dev, QA, Production) separation

        Anatomy of a Chef-client run

        Amazon EC2

        Mini-Introduction to EC2

        EC2-Tool configuration and account credentials

        AWS Console

        Configuration of the EC2 Firewall: Security Groups

        Chef installation & configuration

        Hosted Chef server: Account creation

        Local Chef-client installation

        Client configuration: Opscode server credentials and Amazon EC2 account credentials

        Chef-client anatomy

        Directory structure of a chef-repository

        Download of community Cookbooks

        Knife: Introduction into the universal Chef tool

        Creation of server roles

        Upload of assets to the Chef server

        Query information from the Chef server

        Start of the first EC2 server instance configured with Chef

        Ruby basics

        Ruby for Chef users

        Use predefined cookbooks

        Explore the Apache2 community cookbook

        Chef Resource - Building blocks for defining configurations




        File, Directory

        Linux package management

        Linux services

        Script and command-line execution


        Chef Attributes - Parameterization of configurations

        Where to define attributes: Attributes in cookbooks, recipes and roles

        Attribute types and attribute precedence

        Attribute storage in the Chef server

        Automatic attribute generation with Ohai

        LAMP stack I: All-in-one server

        Download of required cookbooks

        Role definition

        Deployment of an all-in-one server

        LAMP stack II: Two server scenario

        Role definition for a multi-server environment

        Server integration I: Automated creation of MySQL GRANTS for the webserver

        Server integration II: Automated integration of the database-server into the webserver

        LAMP stack III: Load balanced scenario

        Automated Amazon ELB (Elastic Load Balancer) configuration for two or more Apache webservers


        Automated server monitoring with Nagios and Munin

        Instance backup and database backup solutions

        Creation of temporary environments for load-testing and QA

        Scheduled (cron based) start and stop of multi-server environments


Student Prerequisites

        Laptop with Wireless LAN, 2GB RAM and 10 GB free hard disk space

        Installed VMWare Player - a VMWare virtual machine image with pre-installed software will be provided
Windows/Linux: (free download)
OS X: (VMWare Fusion 30 day trial)

        A valid Amazon EC2 account (please register before the course:

        Linux knowledge


1 Day (9am - 6pm)


hosted by: Q Connects
6080 Center Drive
6th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045


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        Tickets are limited to two tickets per company

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