HashiCorp Terraform Certified Associate Preparation Guide
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HashiCorp Terraform Certified Associate Preparation Guide

About the Book

Terraform is one of the most popular tools around for managing Infrastructure as Code. HashiCorp, the creators of Terraform, have introduced the Terraform Associate certification to demonstrate that you have the essentials skills and knowledge to leverage Terraform. This book serves as a guide to prepare you for the certification exam. Authors Ned Bellavance and Adin Ermie are real-world practitioners and experienced instructors providing an overview of the certification objectives, detailed examples, and key takeaways to aid you in studying for the exam. Get Terraform, get the guide, and get certified!

About the Authors

Ned Bellavance
Ned Bellavance

Ned is an IT professional with almost 20 years of experience in the field. He has been a helpdesk operator, systems administrator, cloud architect, and product manager. In his newest incarnation, he is the Founder of Ned in the Cloud LLC. As a one-man-tech-juggernaut, he develops courses for Pluralsight, runs a podcast for Packet Pushers, runs a podcast for himself, and creates original content for technology vendors.

Ned has been a Microsoft MVP since 2017 and holds a bunch of industry certifications that have no bearing on anything beyond his exceptional ability to take exams and pass them.

Ned has three guiding principles:

  • Embrace discomfort
  • Fail often
  • Be nice

You can learn more about Ned on his website https://nedinthecloud.com.

Adin Ermie
Adin Ermie

I am an experienced Microsoft Azure Subject Matter Expert, that brings passion and enthusiasm to everything I do.

I focus on emerging technologies and innovation, utilizing my knowledge and insatiable drive for learning of the cutting-edge in cloud operations to help my Clients (and their customers) become market leaders versus trend followers.

I specialize in hybrid-cloud architecture and implementation technologies, including

  • Microsoft Azure
  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) & Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
  • Cloud Management & Security
  • Cloud Governance
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR)
  • Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC)

Feel free to reach out and connect with me on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/adinermie/), and check out my personal blog (https://adinermie.com).

Table of Contents

  • About the Authors
    • Ned Bellavance
    • Adin Ermie
  • Tech Reviewers
    • Steve Buchanan
  • Exam Overview
    • Setting Expectations
    • Prerequisites
    • Product Version Tested
    • Update - January 2023
    • Chapter Summary
  • Exam Objectives
    • High-Level Objectives
    • Chapter Layout
    • Chapter Summary
  • Objective 1: Understand Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) Concepts
    • 1A: Explain What IaC Is
    • 1B: Describe Advantages of IaC Patterns
    • Chapter Summary
  • Objective 2: Understand Terraform’s Purpose (vs Other IaC)
    • 2A: Explain Multi-Cloud and Provider-Agnostic Benefits
    • 2B: Explain the Benefits of State
    • Chapter Summary
  • Objective 3: Understand Terraform Basics
    • 3A: Install and Version Terraform Providers
    • 3B: Describe Plugin Based Architecture
    • 3C: Write Terraform Configuration Using Multiple Providers
    • 3D: Describe How Terraform Finds and Fetches Providers
    • Chapter Summary
  • Objective 4: Use Terraform Outside of Core Workflow
    • 4A: Describe When to Use terraform import to Import Existing Infrastructure Into Your Terraform State
    • 4B: Use terraform state to View Terraform State
    • 4C: Describe When to Enable Verbose Logging and What the Outcome/Value Is
    • Chapter Summary
  • Objective 5: Interact with Terraform Modules
    • 5A: Contrast and Use Different Module Source Options Including the Public Terraform Module Registry
    • 5B: Interact with Module Inputs and Outputs
    • 5C: Describe Variable Scope Within Modules/Child Modules
    • 5D: Set Module Version
    • Chapter Summary
  • Objective 6: Use the Core Terraform Workflow
    • 6A: Describe Terraform workflow ( Write -> Plan -> Create )
    • 6B: Initialize a Terraform Working Directory (terraform init)
    • 6C: Validate a Terraform Configuration (terraform validate)
    • 6D: Generate and Review an Execution Plan for Terraform (terraform plan)
    • 6E: Execute Changes to Infrastructure with Terraform (terraform apply)
    • 6F: Destroy Terraform Managed Infrastructure (terraform destroy)
    • 4G: Apply formatting and style adjustments to a configuration (terraform fmt)
    • Chapter Summary
  • Objective 7: Implement and Maintain State
    • 7A: Describe Default Local Backend
    • 7B: Describe State Locking
    • 7C: Handle Backend and Cloud Integration Authentication Methods
    • 7D: Differentiate Remote State Backend Options
    • 7E: Manage Resource Drift and Terraform State
    • 7F: Describe Backend Block and Cloud Integration in Configuration
    • 7G: Understand Secret Management in State Files
    • Chapter Summary
  • Objective 8: Read, Generate, and Modify Configuration
    • 8A: Demonstrate Use of Variables and Outputs
    • 8B: Describe Secure Secret Injection Best Practice
    • 8C: Understand the Use of Collection and Structural Types
    • 8D: Create and Differentiate Resource and Data Configuration
    • 8E: Use Resource Addressing and Resource Parameters to Connect Resources Together
    • 8F: Use HCL and Terraform functions to write configuration
    • 8G: Describe Built-In Dependency Management (order of execution based)
    • Chapter Summary
  • Objective 9: Understand Terraform Cloud Capabilities
    • 9A: Explain How Terraform Cloud Helps to Manage Infrastructure
    • 9B: Describe How Terraform Cloud Enables Collaboration and Governance
    • Chapter Summary
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix – Additional Resources
    • Articles
    • Books
    • Pluralsight Courses
    • Hands-On Labs
    • Videos

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