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Using Vagrant

In this course, you will learn the principals of Vagrant, and how to integrate Vagrant into your organization.

GK# 7344

Course Overview


Vagrant is a DevOps virtualization tool used for building complete application development, testing, and deployment environments. Vagrant is highly automated and has a simple workflow. Vagrant lowers server environment setup time and creates server uniformity across all phases of the SDLC. Uniform server installations create a stable application runtime environment and all but standardizes application development, testing, and production performance. An in-depth understanding of its use and implementation is a fundamental requirement for all software professionals. In this path, you will learn the principals of Vagrant, and how to successfully integrate Vagrant into your organization.


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What You'll Learn

  • Using Vagrant: Introduction
  • Using Vagrant: Configuration


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Using Vagrant: Introduction

  • Describe Vagrant and its functionality
  • Describe the core concepts of Vagrant and its benefits to developers, administrators, and designers
  • Compare Vagrant with other DevOps virtualization tools
  • Configure the Vagrant environment
  • Identify how Vagrant is implemented in virtualization and how Vagrant works without VirtualBox
  • Describe how to get all Vagrant components up and running
  • Identify the different portions of the Vagrant configuration file (VagrantFile)
  • Describe the concepts behind Vagrant boxes
  • Describe the startup process of Vagrant
  • Identify the use of the Vagrant VirtualBox provider
  • Use the box command to manage, add, and remove boxes
  • Use the connect command to access a static IP that can be used to communicate to the shared Vagrant environment
  • Use the destroy command to stop the running machine
  • Use the global-status command to retrieve the state of all active Vagrant environments on the system
  • Describe the Vagrant environment variables and how they are used in a Vagrant installation
  • Describe how Vagrant uses HTTP sharing to create a URL that can be used by anyone
  • Describe how Vagrant share allows remote SSH access to your Vagrant environment
  • Describe how Vagrant can share every port in your Vagrant environment, not just SSH and HTTP
  • Identify the steps needed to make your own custom providers
  • Describe the security concerns of a Vagrant installation
  • Describe the setup process and the supported provisioners
  • Configure Apache Tomcat
  • Describe the basics of automated provisioning
  • Work with multiple or no provisioners
  • Describe platform specific (Windows vs. Linux) provisioning issues
  • List the steps in a Vagrant installation

Using Vagrant: Configuration

  • Describe basic networking usage in a Vagrant installation
  • Describe how Vagrant allow you to access a port on your host machine and have all data forwarded
  • Identify the process in which Vagrant allows access to your guest machine by an address that is not publicly accessible from the Internet
  • Describe how Vagrant allows public access to your machine
  • Describe how host-only networking is private to the virtual machines involved and the host machine
  • Describe how a bridged network makes the machine appear as another physical device
  • Describe how Vagrant allows you to sync a folder on the host machine to the guest machine
  • Identify performance penalties and how NFS can speed up Vagrant operations
  • Describe how Vagrant can use rsync to synchronize a folder to the guest machine
  • Describe how Vagrant can use SMB to create a bi-directional synced folder between the Vagrant machine and the host machine
  • Distinguish between the types of shared folders and VirtualBox shared folders
  • Describe how Vagrant uses Vagrantfile to define and control multiple guest machines
  • Identify environments which contain multiple virtual machines and how Vagrant controls them
  • Describe how the Vagrant Push feature allows you to deploy any application
  • Recognize the different machine types and how to designate a primary machine
  • Describe how machines are started and how to configure Vagrant to not start specific machines
  • Describe the different categories of Vagrant boxes and how they are used
  • Describe how providers have a custom box format that affects how base boxes are made
  • Create a Vagrant base box
  • Describe how Vagrant boxes are maintained
  • Describe how to change and augment the behavior and functionality of Vagrant
  • Work with a basic Vagrant plugin
  • Describe the basic skills and steps of Vagrant plugin development
  • Work with commands to manage Vagrant plugins
  • Describe how to install and configure a Vagrant plugin
  • Install and use a box in an existing Vagrant installation

Who Should Attend


This course is designed for software professionals or anyone interested in learning Vagrant or implementing Vagrant in their organization

Follow-On Courses


Vagrant is an industry leader in automated virtual server provisioning. Therefore, an in-depth knowledge of the tool is a fundamental requirement for operations staff and software developers. Vagrant has the ability to spin up an almost unlimited number of heterogeneous environments. It can be leveraged to create traditional development environments such as Linux and Windows, as well as cloud environments such as AWS and DigitalOcean. This series of courses covers the architecture of Vagrant and the techniques required to work with Vagrant tools, such as Atlas and Packer. This series also covers the advanced topics of Vagrant, such as maintaining multiple virtual environments and building Vagrant clusters.

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