Learning Salt

Build reliable, scalable, and secure infrastructures with Salt

SaltStack automates the management and configuration of any infrastructure or application at scale. It provides an arsenal of tools to execute commands across thousands of systems with ease.

What you’ll learn

  • How to Install and configure Salt..
  • How Salt communicates between machines..
  • The difference and distinction between the various Salt module types..
  • How and why to use execution modules..
  • Understand Salt’s state system..
  • Write and manage complex states..
  • Run complex state trees that span multiple systems..
  • Use and react to real-time events across an infrastructure..
  • Integrate Salt with other tools, both internal and external..

Course Content

  • Installation and Setup –> 6 lectures • 37min.
  • Execution Modules –> 4 lectures • 51min.
  • The State of an Infrastructure –> 5 lectures • 44min.
  • Expanding States with Jinja and Pillar –> 7 lectures • 1hr 16min.
  • Complex State Trees –> 6 lectures • 1hr 5min.
  • Events and the Reactor –> 6 lectures • 44min.
  • The Salt REST API –> 5 lectures • 57min.

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Requirements

SaltStack automates the management and configuration of any infrastructure or application at scale. It provides an arsenal of tools to execute commands across thousands of systems with ease.

Learning Saltstack will start from scratch and build towards a high-level goal of installing, configuring, deploying, and managing a web application to Docker containers across multiple systems behind a HAProxy load balancer. The course will start by explaining how Salt approaches System management and help the viewer get up and running with a working Salt infrastructure. You will learn how to use Salt to target, query, and change systems.

You will learn to define the desired state of your infrastrucrture and how you can use Salt to enforce the state with a single command. The course will dive deeper into YAML and Jinja and show you the best practices for writing reusable and maintainable states. Finally, you will learn about some of the additional tools that salt provides, including salt-cloud, the reactor, and the event system.

By the end of the course, you would be able to build and manage your infrastructure and fully utilize its potential.

About the Author

Seth House has been involved in the Salt community for five years and has worked at SaltStack for four years. He wrote the salt-api and also contributed to many core parts of Salt. He has collaborated with the Salt community and started the Salt Formulas organization. Seth has given over thirty Introductions, Presentations, Training at user groups and conferences and Created tutorials on Salt well for Companies. He has designed and helped fine-tune Salt deployments at companies all across the United States.

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