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Infrastructure as Code (IaC) with Terraform for AWS Fundamentals

This Terraform for AWS training teaches attendees Terraform basics and covers IaC, Terraform workflows, AWS Terraform providers, provisioning and managing various AWS resources, HCL programming, best...

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$2,245 USD
Course Code WA3383
Duration 3 days
Available Formats Classroom

This Terraform for AWS training teaches attendees Terraform basics and covers IaC, Terraform workflows, AWS Terraform providers, provisioning and managing various AWS resources, HCL programming, best practices, troubleshooting, and integrating Terraform into their organizations with automation and GitOps.

Skills Gained

  • Understand the concept of Infrastructure as Code, Terraform's concepts, and their application to AWS
  • Understand IaC and a comparative analysis of IaC against traditional scripting
  • Initiate a Terraform project and use the Terraform CLI
  • Provision and manage AWS resources using Terraform
  • Explore Terraform's architecture and AWS provider fundamentals and contrast against other tools
  • Understand the working architecture of Terraform and how it impacts IaC workflows
  • Dive into Hashicorp's AWS provider and architecting AWS resources through Terraform
  • Enhance Terraform HCL programming skills, exploring resources, data sources, modules, Terraform state, and relevant best practices
  • Understand and practice HCL along with coding best practices
  • Work with Data Source blocks with a focus on referencing preexisting AWS infrastructure in IaC projects
  • Understand custom modules, general module architecture, and best practices
  • Debug Terraform scripts and learn the art of applying IaC principles
  • Understand how to debug and troubleshoot Terraform projects targeting AWS
  • Understand how Terraform workflows impact organizations and vice-versa
  • Apply resource management strategies to maintain security and performance while integrating AWS best practices
  • Explore Terraform within an organizational context and its integration with other tools
  • Leverage configuration management tools for final configuration tweaks
  • Implement Terraform within CI/CD pipelines and its role in GitOps
  • Integrate Terraform with other key tools for resource management

Who Can Benefit

The ideal audience for this course is someone who works with cloud infrastructure, has a basic working knowledge of Linux and Windows-based systems including Bash or PowerShell, and has a basic understanding of AWS.

Course Details


Introduction to Terraform

Infrastructure as Code Overview

  • Holistic Overview
  • IaC vs Scripting

Terraform Basics - Getting Started

  • Terraform CLI
  • Terraform Project Structure
  • Terraform Workflow: Plan, Apply, Destroy
  • Terraform HCL Configuration Files
  • Resources - Introduction
  • Providers - Introduction
  • Provisioning Infrastructure using Terraform
  • Using Terraform Provider Documentation

Getting Started with Terraform and AWS

  • Creating and managing AWS resources using Terraform
  • State files and out-of-band changes - reality check

Terraform Architecture

  • Terraform Development Architecture
  • Terraform State
  • Local State
  • Remote State
  • Intro to Terraform Enterprise and Terraform Cloud
  • Terraform Registry
  • Providers
  • Plugins
  • Modules
  • Terraform CLI vs Provider version pinning
  • CLI Compatibility Promise
  • Provider Backward Compatibility

AWS Provider Fundamentals

  • Provider Landscape for creating cloud resources
  • AWS Provider Authentication
  • Creating AWS resources:
  • Compute: EC2 Instances, Lambda Functions, PaaS Applications
  • Storage: S3 Buckets, EBS Volumes
  • Databases: RDS, DynamoDB
  • Network: VPC, Subnets, Route Tables, Internet Gateways
  • Identity: IAM Users, Roles, Policies and attachments
  • Architecting Infrastructure in AWS with Terraform
  • Terraform vs CloudFormation and CDK

Skills Deep Dive

HCL Programming Basics

  • Variables and Outputs
  • Input
  • Local
  • Output
  • Input Variables in Detail
  • CLI Parameters
  • TFVARS File
  • Environment Variables
  • Validation Rules
  • HCL Expressions Basics
  • Value Data Types
  • Value References
  • Strings
  • Conditionals
  • For
  • Splat
  • Operators
  • Using Functions in Terraform
  • Numeric
  • String
  • Collections
  • Date and Time
  • Type Conversion
  • Encoding
  • Filesystem
  • Cryptographic and Hashing
  • IP Network
  • Terraform Best Practices - Basics
  • HCL Coding Best Practices
  • Terraform Project Best Practices

Resources Deep Dive

  • Deep dive into HCL resource blocks
  • Resource Blocks
  • Resource Behavior
  • Resource Dependencies
  • Implicit
  • Explicit
  • Meta Arguments
  • count
  • depends_on
  • for_each
  • provider
  • lifecycle

Data Sources

  • Data Source Blocks
  • Working with AWS Data Sources

Modules Deep Dive

  • Modules Architectural Overview
  • Writing Custom Modules
  • Consuming Custom Modules
  • Module Meta Arguments
  • Publishing Modules
  • Modules Best Practices

Terraform State Deep Dive

  • Terraform State Architecture
  • Terraform Backends
  • Local
  • Remote - Enterprise
  • Remote - Cloud
  • Remote - AWS S3
  • Managing State
  • State Drift
  • Out of Band Changes
  • Convention over Control
  • Importing Existing Resources into Terraform
  • Terraform CLI Import Command Usage
  • 3rd Party Tools

Debugging and Troubleshooting

  • Terraform Log Levels
  • Debugging Terraform Scripts
  • Audit Trails for Troubleshooting
  • Terraform State File Issues
  • Common Terraform Errors and Solutions

Terraform Best Practices

  • Infrastructure as Code Principles
  • Mutable vs Immutable
  • Declarative Code
  • Version Control
  • Automation
  • Resource Management Strategies
  • Naming Conventions
  • Modularization
  • Resource Dependencies
  • Lifecycle Management
  • Effective Use of Data Sources
  • Security Best Practices
  • Secrets Management
  • Principle of Least Privileges
  • Use of Service Roles
  • Performance Optimization Tips
  • Parallel Resource Creation
  • Reducing Interdependencies
  • AWS Best Practices
  • IaC Code Management
  • Compatibility and Security
  • Testing and Documentation
  • Resource Management
  • Environment and Automation

Advanced Concepts

  • Terraform in Organization Context
  • Centralized vs. Distributed Infrastructure Management
  • Hybrid Infrastructure Management
  • DevOps Approach with Terraform
  • Using Managed Terraform Services
  • Team Roles and Responsibilities
  • Governance and Best Practices
  • Case Studies and Real-world Scenarios
  • Last Mile Configuration using Provisioners
  • Configuration vs State
  • Integrating configuration management tools
  • Terraform in CI/CD Pipelines and GitOps
  • Overview of CI/CD
  • Terraform in CI/CD Context
  • GitOps with Terraform
  • Automated Testing of Terraform Code
  • Infrastructure Deployment Automation
  • Case Studies and Examples
  • Best Practices and Tools
  • Integration with Other Tools
  • AWS Secrets Manager for Secrets Management
  • AWS CloudWatch for resource monitoring
  • Secrets Management with Vault
  • Service Discovery with Consul
  • Image Creation with Packer
  • Development Environments with Vagrant
  • Application Deployment with Nomad