Terraform Workshop

Provision Your Way to Victory!

Experience the power of infrastructure-as-code through Terraform. Apply an idempotent workflow to manage massive amounts of resources across multiple clouds with ease.

By providing a common language and a declarative, idempotent interface to provisioning resources in the cloud, Terraform has transformed operations. It enables infrastructure-as-code and allows operations teams to manage massive, complicated sets of resources across AWS, GCP, and more. It's no exaggeration to say that adopting Terraform can make a team many times more efficient while reducing expensive infrastructure mistakes.

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However, adopting Terraform also requires that a team learn new concepts and workflows. And Terraform doesn't enforce any best practices, which instead have to be learned through hard-earned mistakes.

Our Terraform workshop will prepare your team with the base knowledge they need to leverage the tool effectively. We'll also explore the different Terraform deployment patterns, helping your team find the path that's right for them.

Outline

Basic Configuration

  • Verify Terraform installation
  • Generate your first Terraform Configuration
  • Use the Terraform CLI to Get Help
  • Apply and Update your Configuration

Outputs

  • Create output variables in your configuration file
  • Use the output command to find specific variables

Console

  • Use terraform console to query specific instance information.

Auto-Formatting

  • Auto-formatting configuration files to match the HCL specification.
  • Plugins exist for most major editors.

Variables

  • Create variables in a configuration block
  • Interpolate those variables
  • Create a terraform.tfvars file

Configuration Syntax

  • Terraform supports HCL (HashiCorp Configuration Language)
  • HCL is specifically targeted towards DevOps tools, servers, etc.

Modules

  • Refactor your existing code into a local module
  • Explore the Pubic Module Registry and install a module
  • Refresh and rerun your Terraform configuration

Provisioners

  • Create a connection block using your keypair module outputs.
  • Create a provisioner block to remotely download code to your instance.
  • Apply your configuration and watch for the remote connection.

Graph

  • Generate a graph against your current Terraform configuration

Meta Arguments

  • Change the number of AWS instances with count
  • Modify the rest of the configuration to support multiple instances
  • Add variable interpolation to the Name tag to count the new instance

State

  • Understand how state is managed
  • Understand where state can be stored

Data Sources

  • Add an aws_ami data source
  • Make aws_instance.web use the AMI returned by the data source

Destroy

  • Destroy your infrastructure

Providers

  • Understand the role of providers.
  • Use multiple providers in concert.

Reading Local State

  • Create a Terraform configuration that defines an output
  • Read an output value from that project's state

Template Files

  • Create a Terraform configuration that contains a template to be rendered
  • Use templatefile function to render variables into the template
  • Create S3 bucket and attach the policy

The 411

This workshop is delivered over three afternoons or mornings. Each session consists of three hours of lecture and labs and one hour of open Q&A — 12 hours in total. The price is $14,400 and attendance is limited to up to 28 students.

Instructors

Tammer Saleh
Founder
Likes long walks on the beach, Chinese food, mushing up his bananas.

Joel Carter
Instructor
100% guaranteed to make you a better person.

Lexi Lambert
Operations
So amazing, she has her own Slack emoji.

Intended Audience

This course covers the core Terraform concepts. We recommend this course for your operations teams.

To get the most out of this subject, students should come prepared with an understanding of rudimentary Bash scripting, and the basics of cloud provisioning and Amazon Web Services.

This is just one of the many great courses in our cloud-native curriculum!

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The SuperOrbital Difference

We're infrastructure experts with a reputation for delivering great work. Here’s how we're different:

Battle Hardened

We bring real experience.

We don't just teach: we do. We've wrestled with Kubernetes, Terraform, Istio, Docker and all of the others in real production situations. We've used them in anger. We know where the tools fall down and what the documentation hides.

Unbiased

We give the best advice for your situation.

We believe in cloud native solutions, but we aren't beholden to any vendor. Every situation is unique, and every tool has flaws. We help you understand how the technologies work together to solve your problems. We guide you away from the tools that are hype, and toward those that have proven their worth.

Intensely Hands-On

More than 50% of the time spent in labs.

That's not a typo. We don’t believe in static, podium-based training with some boring instructor talking at you.

Instead, SuperOrbital courses immerse you in an active learning environment where you can internalize the lessons through collaboration and hands-on workshops. The end result is knowledge that sticks, and a foundation for true expertise.

Thorough

You can't understand the big picture without the details.

We dig deep into a topic, when creating our content. We tease apart every aspect, breaking it down into it's atomic parts. Then we rearrange them into an order our students can easily digest and remember. Our content goes deep, giving you a foundational understanding of how things work under the hood.

Remote first

We're passionately remote-first, and our training shows it.

The days of hours wasted commuting to work are coming to an end, and good riddance. SuperOrbital has always been a passionately remote-first company, and we bring that to our training.

Why travel out of town to sit in a hot, crowded, uncomfortable room for days at a time? Our workshops are taken from the comfort of your own home, and at a schedule that encourages deep learning.

Each of our workshop days consists of three hours of training and a one-hour Q&A session. This helps keep the training active and inspiring, and gives plenty of time for the knowledge to gel.

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How it works

Engaging with us to provide a workshop for your team is easy. Reach out to get started.


1

Chat

We'll schedule a time to meet, discuss your needs, your team's experience level, and how we can help. Once we agree on an outline and a delivery date, we're ready to go!

2

Deliver

Each workshop day consists of three hours for lecture and labs, and one hour for open questions. We deliver as a team: Tammer (the founder), Joel (TA), and Lexi (operations). Having three people on hand ensures things go off without a hitch.

3

Follow Up

We follow up afterward to ensure the workshop exceeded your expectations, and to help with whatever new hurdles your team may be facing.

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