The Quick and Dirty Introduction to Software Configuration Management
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The Quick and Dirty Introduction to Software Configuration Management

About the Book

Where should we even begin?

Provisioning and configuring multiple remote servers and maintaining regular application updates is a challenge. Actually, it's many tough challenges, one on top of the other. As complexity increases and the pace of change builds, your only hope is some kind of automated orchestration.

You're certainly not the first person to notice the problem. There are, in fact, so many solutions out there that finding and implementing the right one is a job all on its own.

This short book will introduce you to the basics of software configuration management and provide you with the information you need to get started. Before long, you'll be applying the benefits of infrastructure automation to your own workflows. You'll learn about:

  • Key tools like Puppet, Ansible, and Terraform
  • Related trends like CI/CD and DevOps
  • Integrations with major cloud platforms like AWS and Azure

Lloyd Kaufman is a pseudonym used by a long-time veteran of the IT and cloud computing industries.

A pseudonym? What's he trying to hide?

Nothing. It's really about focusing most of the attention on the book's primary author: GPT-3.

GPT-3 is a machine learning model developed by the private tech firm, OpenAI. It is a general-purpose model that can be used for a variety of tasks, such as natural language processing, computer vision, and machine translation.

Go on. You know you can't wait to see what an AI author can do.

About the Author

David Clinton
Lloyd Kaufman

David Clinton is a Linux Server Professional with years' experience teaching technical subjects. He is the author of two books on AWS administration from Wiley/Sybex, Learn Amazon Web Services in a Month of Lunches and Linux in Action (both from Manning) and 20 Pluralsight courses covering Linux administration, Amazon Web Services, and Docker.

David has worked on real-world deployments within both traditional data centers and the AWS cloud.

Table of Contents

  • An Introduction to Software Configuration Management
    • Declarative vs. imperative
    • Push vs. pull
    • Idempotency
    • State management
  • Software Configuration Management Tools
    • Puppet
    • Progress Chef
    • Ansible
    • SaltStack
    • Terraform
    • Docker
    • PowerShell DSC
    • Choosing your tool
  • Platform-Specific Tools
    • AWS Elastic Beanstalk
    • AWS CloudFormation
    • Docker containers on AWS
    • The Microsoft Azure Cloud
    • Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
    • Kubernetes
  • Related Trends
    • DevOps
    • Continuous Integration
    • Continuous Delivery
    • Cloud integration
  • Next Steps

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