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Definitive Salt for engineers  |    A 2 day   hands on   training course

Definitive Salt training course description

Salt is a remote execution framework and configuration management system. This course covers Salt from the basics. After a quick first taste the course moves onto execution modules, salt states, minion and master data, jinja, Salt extensions and then topology and configuration options. Hands on sessions are used to reinforce the theory rather than teach specific manufacturer equipment.

What will you learn
  • Install and use Salt.
  • Describe the architecture of Salt.
  • Manage configurations with Salt.
  • Extend Salt.
Definitive Salt training course details

Definitive Salt training course contents

  • Introduction
  • What is Salt? High- level architecture, Some quick examples, system management, configuration management, A brief history, Topology options, Extending Salt.

  • Quick start: First taste of Salt
  • Single-master setup, from packages, bootstrap scripts, Starting up, Basic commands, salt: the main workhorse, salt-key: key management, salt-call: execution on the minion, salt-run: co-ordination of jobs on the master, summary of commands, Key management, viewing keys, accepting keys, rejecting keys, key files, Minion targeting, minion ID, list (-L), glob, regular expressions (-E), grains (-G), compound (-C), targeting summary, Additional remote execution details, Conclusion.

  • Execution modules: The functional foundation
  • sys: information and documentation about modules, sys.doc basic documentation, sys.list_modules, sys.list_functions: simple listings, cmd: execute via shell, cmd.run: run any command, pkg: manage packages, virtual modules, pkg.lists_pkgs: list all installed packages, pkg.available version: see what version will be installed, pkg.install: install packages, user: manage users, user.add: add users, user.list_users, user info: get user info, saltutil: access various Salt utilities, Summary.

  • Configuration management: Salt states
  • Salt files overview, SLS example: adding a user, working with the multi-layered state system, Highstate and the top file, the top file, State ordering, require: depend on another state, watch: run based on other changes, odds and ends, Summary.

  • Minion data / master data
  • Grains are minion data, performing basic grain operations, setting grains, targeting with grains in the top file, Pillars are data from the master, querying pillar data, querying other sources with external pillars, Renderers give data options.

  • Extending Salt: part I
  • Introduction to Jinja, Jinja basics, Templating with Jinja, filtering by grains, Custom execution module, Custom state modules, Custom grains, External pillars, Summary.

  • More on the matter
  • Runners, manage minions, manage jobs, The orchestrate runner, The event system, The reactor system, Summary.

  • Extending Salt: part II
  • Python client API, reading configuration data on a master and minion, using the master client (localclient) API, Using the caller client API, Custom runners, writing a custom runner, using the runnerclient API, Summary.

  • Topology and configuration options
  • Master configuration, directories and files, logging, access control, files server options, Topology variations, masterless minions, peer systems, syndication masters, multiple masters.

  • Brief introduction to salt-cloud
  • Overview, Setup AWS and salt-cloud, installing salt-cloud, cloud providers, cloud profiles, cloud maps, Introspection via salt cloud, Creating infrastructure, More information.

  • Using vagrant to run Salt examples
  • YAML.

Learning path


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Training approach

This structured course uses Instructor Led Training to provide the best possible learning experience. Small class sizes ensure students benefit from our engaging and interactive style of teaching with delegates encouraged to ask questions throughout the course. Quizzes follow each major section allowing checking of learning.