Cloud Configuration Management Tools with Ansible, Puppet, and Chef

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April 30, 2018 - Added Learning Path Exam

Learning Path Overview

This series of Courses teach how to configure cloud services with Cloud configuration management tools. 

Cloud configuration management tools enable you to manage your infrastructure deployments through the design, implementation, testing, building, release, and maintenance phases. Finding the right tool for your needs is a major part of ensuring your DevOps run smoothly in the cloud, but it can be hard to get a sense of how each of the available tools differs, and which one would best meet your needs. 

This Learning Path gives you an overview of configuration management, and then introduces you to three of the most common tools used today: Ansible, Puppet, and Chef. 

You'll get insight from experts who have experience with all of them, as well as a chance to test your knowledge and try some of the tools out using our Hands on Labs. Whether you're trying to find the tool that best meet's your organization's needs, or looking to advance your DevOps skills, this is the Learning Path for you.

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Learning Objectives

  • Learn to manage infrastructure deployments
  • Understand the principles of configuration management

Intended Audience

This Learning Path is ideal for those looking to get to grips with cloud configuration managements tools and their basic principles.

What’s Included

  • 8 Hours of training content
  • 4 Courses
  • 2 Labs
  • 1 Quiz and a Final Exam

 

FAQ

What is cloud configuration management?

Cloud configuration is the action of configuring hardware and software settings for cloud-based elements to verify they will work together and communicate efficiently between them. Cloud configurations are based on one of the three major cloud provision elements: Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

What are configuration management tools?

Software Configuration Management (SCM) is the management of a software project as it becomes a software product or system. This process encompasses the technical aspects, communication between business units, the overall organization of the project, and any changes to the project plan.

What are the best configuration management tools?

There are many configuration management (CM) tools available, however, the most popular are:

  • Ansible: Software for automating provisioning, CM, and deployment of the application
  • Chef: Platform for automating infrastructure into code; handles the configuration, deployment, and management of the infrastructure
  • Puppet: Open source CM tool to handle your organization’s IT inventory in your data center or cloud.
  • SaltStack: Uses event-driven automation of compute, storage, and network complexities via time-saving configuration and control 

What is AWS OpsWorks?

The Amazon Web Services OpsWorks web services handle deployment of infrastructure systems for the cloud by automating deployment, configuration, and operations of distributed applications.

What is Jenkins Docker?

Jenkins is an open-sourced automation tool that schedules software builds to run, while Docker houses running applications on your computer’s primary operating system. These two systems are designed to run together.

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Learning Path Steps

1 courses

A lot of options exist for configuration management and the different tools have different approaches to solving the same problem. It can be difficult to know where to start. This course is a high-level overview to help explain some of the concepts of confi...

2 courses

Getting Started With Ansible Cloud platforms, on-prem servers, dozens of operating systems, more language and frameworks than you can count, and you have to manage it all! These days even the "simple" application infrastructures have a lot of moving parts...

3 labs

Ansible Learning PathCourse 2Lab 1 NOTES: This lab starts assuming instructions were given to the user to login to their EC2 instance that was built using the provided AMI.  The default user is ‘ubuntu’.  The security group for the EC2 instance sh

4 quizzes

Getting Started With Ansible

5 courses

Getting Started With Chef If you were working in IT even ten years ago, then unless you were working for a large company, you probably didn’t need to think about how to manage infrastructure in a scalable way. Back then servers were often on-premises, or i...

6 labs

Deploy a PHP applicationusing Chef with Amazon OpsWorks.

7 courses

Puppet is an IT automation system. If you need to install, configure, and update servers, then Puppet can help you tremendously. Instead of doing all of these tasks manually, you can tell Puppet to configure your servers for you. Not only will Puppet free ...

8 exam-filled

Exam: Configuration Management Tools

About the Author

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Ben Lambert is the Director of Engineering and was previously the lead author for DevOps and Microsoft Azure training content at Cloud Academy. His courses and learning paths covered Cloud Ecosystem technologies such as DC/OS, configuration management tools, and containers. As a software engineer, Ben’s experience includes building highly available web and mobile apps.

When he’s not building the first platform to run and measure enterprise transformation initiatives at Cloud Academy, he’s hiking, camping, or creating video games.