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Saltstack Training Course

Use Saltstack to manage and orchestrate your infrastructure

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Saltstack training course (code: Saltstack)


Our Saltstack (Salt) training course will introduce you to this configuration management and orchestration tool.

It uses a central repository to provision new servers and other IT infrastructure, to make changes to existing ones, and to install software in IT environments, including physical and virtual servers, as well as the cloud.

Salt is a new approach to infrastructure management built on a dynamic communication bus. Salt can be used for data-driven orchestration, remote execution for any infrastructure, configuration management for any app stack, and much more.


Developers and Systems Administrators looking for an introduction to  Saltstack



Introduction to Saltstack

  • Concepts
  • Installation

Executing commands

  • Remote command execution
  • Local command execution

Selecting targets

  • Using wildcard characters
  • Using regular expressions
  • Using list
  • Using grains
  • Using custom grains
  • Using compound matching

Introduction to YAML

  • File structure
  • Data storage

Execution modules

  • Managing users
  • Managing packages
  • Managing services
  • Executing commands
  • Creating execution modules
  • Modules and virtual functions

Configuration management

  • Defining state of infrastructure
  • Running states
  • State modules
  • Specifying dependencies

Extending states with Jinja2

  • Variables
  • Control structures


  • Secure data storage
  • Using pillar data in state formulas

State system

  • Highstate
  • Environments


Docker and Linux container technology

· Docker containers lifecycle

· Working with Docker images

· Network communication between containers

· Persistence of data in containers

· Container orchestration requirements and available options

· Introduction to Kubernetes and other orchestration systems

· Kubernetes core concepts: Pods, Labels, Controllers, Services, Secretes, Persistent Data Volumes, Claims, Namespaces, Quotas

 · Kubernetes reference architecture and its main components

· Containers network model in Kubernetes

· Service discovery, scaling and load balancing

· DNS for service discovery

· Ingress controller and reverse proxy

· Persistence of application state and the data volume model in Kubernetes

· Storage backend in Kubernetes: local, NFS, GlusterFS, Ceph

· Cluster management

· Deployment of applications and services on a Kubernetes cluster

 · Advanced controllers: Daemon Sets and Stateful Sets

· Job and Cron jobs

· Standalone pods

· Storage Classes and Dynamic Storage provisioning

· Network policies

· Securing a Kubernetes cluster

· Authentication, Authorization and Access Control

· Control Plane High Availability

· Auto Scaling

· Cluster monitoring

· Troubleshooting

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