My first Pluralsight course published – Planning and Installing Chef

I’m very pleased to be able to announce that my first Pluralsight course – Planning and Installing Chef – has gone live and is available online in the Pluralsight course library!

The course is written more from the perspective of an infrastructure specialist, rather than a developer.  In it, we go through the process of setting up Chef Server from scratch, configuring and using the Chef Development Kit (ChefDK) to bootstrap a couple of servers running in Azure (after we use Azure Resource Manager to build them, of course!) and then build up a Chef repository which will enable us to configure the nodes.

By the end of the course, you’ll be comfortable with the fundamentals of how Chef Server hangs together and how both the ChefDK and managed nodes interact with Chef Server.

I’m really enjoying working with Chef these days, especially with the ever-tighter integration with Azure, thanks to the close collaboration between Chef and Microsoft.  Hope you enjoy it too 🙂


4 comments to My first Pluralsight course published – Planning and Installing Chef

  • Joel

    Just took this course and it was excellent. Thank you so much. I took a previous course on Chef and it was all over the place but yours was a concise explanation of all the required information for provisioning mixed-platform environments using Chef. I’m sure this took a lot of work, but I’d love to see more from you on Pluralsight soon.

    • James

      Thanks for the feedback Joel – much appreciated. My second Pluralsight course (also on Chef) has just been approved, so keep your eyes out 🙂

  • Russell Fox

    Hi James,
    I’m doing the Planning and Installing Chef course but I think that some of the powershell is out of date. Are you able to help with a revised version of the script?

    When I tried to run Create-CourseEnvironment.ps1 I got the following error:
    Switch-AzureMode : The term ‘Switch-AzureMode’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file,
    operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and

    And when reading around this has been deprecated.
    Thanks in advance,

  • Russell Fox

    Hi James, quick update I spun up an Ubuntu VM and those scripts worked fine so I can progress with the course. Its been good so far – keep up the good work.

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