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IT Automation with Saltstack

CLD-102 (2 Days)

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Saltstack Training Overview

Saltstack (Salt for short) is open source software developed to automate the configuration of server systems. This IT Automation with Saltstack training course teaches attendees why DevOps is important  for enterprise systems management and teaches students Saltstack basics including states, pillars, and grains, as well as an introduction to event management with reactors and beacons. Attendees also learn about YAML and the JINJA2 templating system.

Location and Pricing

Most Accelebrate courses are delivered as private, customized, on-site training at our clients' locations worldwide for groups of 3 or more attendees and are custom tailored to their specific needs. Please visit our client list to see organizations for whom we have delivered private in-house training. These courses can also be delivered as live, private online classes for groups that are geographically dispersed or wish to save on the instructor's or students' travel expenses. To receive a customized proposal and price quote for private training at your site or online, please contact us.

Saltstack Training Objectives

All students will learn how to create:

  • A basic Salt master and minion infrastructure
  • States, pillars and grains to implement basic system configuration management

Saltstack Training Outline

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Introduction
  • Salt Overview
  • The goal of Saltstack
  • Architectural overview of remote execution
  • Salt States
  • Grains
  • Pillar
  • Jinja2 and the virtual mechanism
Introduction to YAML
  • Literals, scalars
  • Sequences, mapping
  • Examples
Installations of Salt
  • Installation on Ubuntu
  • Differences between salt-common, salt minion and salt master
  • Installation on Amazon EC2
Salt command line basics
  • Anatomy of a salt command
  • Output formatting in JSON
  • The jq tool
Targetting minions
  • Globbing
  • Regular expressions
  • List matching
  • IP matching
  • Grains matching
  • Compound matching
  • Examples and exercises
States
  • Package management
  • Services
  • Highstate
  • Exercises, examples
Templating
  • Jinja2 introduction
  • For loop, assignments, escaping
  • Templating with Jinja2 in Salt, examples
Pillar
  • Secure storage
  • VNC password deployment example
Other interesting Saltstack concepts
  • Environments
  • Salt-cloud
  • Orchestration
  • Integration with Docker
Conclusion
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Lecture percentage

50%

Lecture/Demo

Lab percentage

50%

Lab

Course Number:

CLD-102

Duration:

2 Days

Prerequisites:

All students should have some knowledge of Unix/Linux systems administration. Some knowledge of the Python 2.X programming language is helpful but not required.

Training Materials:

A Jupyter notebook will be provided.

Software Requirements:

  • Anaconda software application as well as the Git remote source code control system
  • UNIX or Linux is recommended

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