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Chef Fundamentals Training​ Course Outline

Configuration Management and Chef

  • Configuration Management
  • What is Chef?

Chef Development Environment

  • Chef Development Tools
  • Installing Chef Development Tools

Ruby and Chef

  • Introduction to Ruby
  • Ruby Syntax
  • Chef Syntax

Writing Your First Chef Recipe

  • Creating a Directory Structure for the Code
  • Writing Your First Chef Recipe
  • Verifying the Recipe

Managing Sandbox Environments with Test Kitchen

  • Installing VirtualBox
  • Introduction to Test Kitchen
  • Setting up a Virtual Machine
  • YAML
  • Test Kitchen Configuration

Managing Nodes with Chef Client

  • What is a Node?
  • Creating a New Sandbox Environment for a Node
  • Installing Chef Client with Test Kitchen
  • Your First Chef-Client Run

Introduction to Cookbook

  • Performing Your First Converge
  • Validating Results
  • Cookbook Structure
  • Apache Cookbook

Overview of Attributes

Managing Multiple Nodes at Once

  • Installing Enterprise Chef Server
  • Configuring Enterprise Chef Server
  • Testing the Connection
  • Bootstrapping a Node

Community and the Chef-Client Cookbook

  • Community Cookbooks
  • Chef-Client Cookbook
  • Knife Cookbook Site Plugin
  • Chef-Client Recipes
  • Configuring Knife and Chef-Client to Use a Production SSL Setup

Introduction to Chef Zero


  • Search from the Command Line with Knife
  • Search in a Recipe using Test Kitchen

Data Bags

  • Basic Command-Line Data Bag Usage with Knife
  • Creating Local Users based on Data Bag Items in a Recipe
  • Verifying Users

Introduction to Roles

  • Creating a Web Server Role
  • Roles and Search
  • Role Cookbook


  • Creating a Dev Environment
  • Attributes and Environments
  • Simulating a Production and Development Environment


  • Testing Rationale
  • Test Automation with Serverspec
  • Test Automation with ChefSpec

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There are no formal prerequisites for attending this course. However, some prior experience with coding will be advantageous.


Anyone who needs to gain knowledge of Chef Development Operations (DevOps). This course is well-suited for:

  • DevOps Engineers
  • Development Staff
  • Operations Staff

Chef Fundamentals Training​ Course Overview

The Chef is a declarative configuration management and automation platform for converting infrastructure into code. It allows individuals or organisations to create a process with better testing, centralised versioning, predictable and efficient deployments, and reproducible environments across all servers. It uses Ruby encoding for developing basic building blocks such as cookbooks and recipe and can be integrated with any of the cloud technology.

This Chef Fundamentals course will equip delegates with the knowledge of the configuration management technology Chef and its development environment. Delegates will also be introduced to the programming language Ruby and will learn to write a Chef Recipe. In addition, this course will also provide knowledge on managing sandbox environments with Test Kitchen, managing nodes with Chef Client, and Cookbooks. Delegates will learn about Chef Zero, Data Bags, and roles in Chef. By the end of this course, delegates will know environments and testing in Chef.

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  • Delegate pack consisting of course notes and exercises
  • Manual
  • Experienced Instructor
  • Refreshments

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Why choose us

Ways to take this course

Our easy to use Virtual platform allows you to sit the course from home with a live instructor. You will follow the same schedule as the classroom course, and will be able to interact with the trainer and other delegates.

Our fully interactive online training platform is compatible across all devices and can be accessed from anywhere, at any time. All our online courses come with a standard 90 days access that can be extended upon request. Our expert trainers are constantly on hand to help you with any questions which may arise.

This is our most popular style of learning. We run courses in 1200 locations, across 200 countries in one of our hand-picked training venues, providing the all important ‘human touch’ which may be missed in other learning styles.


Highly experienced trainers

All our trainers are highly qualified, have 10+ years of real-world experience and will provide you with an engaging learning experience.


State of the art training venues

We only use the highest standard of learning facilities to make sure your experience is as comfortable and distraction-free as possible


Small class sizes

We limit our class sizes to promote better discussion and ensuring everyone has a personalized experience


Great value for money

Get more bang for your buck! If you find your chosen course cheaper elsewhere, we’ll match it!

This is the same great training as our classroom learning but carried out at your own business premises. This is the perfect option for larger scale training requirements and means less time away from the office.


Tailored learning experience

Our courses can be adapted to meet your individual project or business requirements regardless of scope.


Maximise your training budget

Cut unnecessary costs and focus your entire budget on what really matters, the training.


Team building opportunity

This gives your team a great opportunity to come together, bond, and discuss, which you may not get in a standard classroom setting.


Monitor employees progress

Keep track of your employees’ progression and performance in your own workspace.

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Frequently asked questions


Please arrive at the venue at 8:45am.
There are no formal prerequisites for attending this course. However, some prior experience with coding will be advantageous.
Anyone who needs to gain knowledge of Chef Development Operations (DevOps). This course is well-suited for: DevOps Engineers, Development Staff, Operations Staff
We are able to provide support via phone & email prior to attending, during and after the course.
Delegate pack consisting of course notes and exercises, Manual, Experienced Instructor, and Refreshments
This course is 1 day.
Once your booking has been placed and confirmed, you will receive an email which contains your course location, course overview, pre-course reading material (if required), course agenda and payment receipts
The price for Chef Fundamentals Training certification in the United Kingdom starts from £1295
The Knowledge Academy is the Leading global training provider in the world for Chef Fundamentals Training.
Please see our DevOps courses available in the United Kingdom

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Best price in the industry

You won't find better value in the marketplace. If you do find a lower price, we will beat it.


Many delivery methods

Flexible delivery methods are available depending on your learning style.


High quality resources

Resources are included for a comprehensive learning experience.

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"...the trainer for this course was excellent. I would definitely recommend (and already have) this course to others."

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