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Automate Secure Infrastructure with Packer, Vault and Terraform

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  • Course Code INNO-ASIPVT
  • Duration 3 days
  • Available Formats Classroom

Transitioning from traditional infrastructure deployment and management processes can be challenging. Implementing infrastructure as code principles and using best practices leads to repeatable results, fewer manual errors, and overall quicker application releases for your customers. This class focuses on using automation tools to build, deploy, and manage security-hardened infrastructure. Using Packer, students can automate building a golden base image consisting of company policies and best practices. This image can then be deployed with Terraform, using Vault to manage sensitive passwords and secrets.

Skills Gained

Attendees will understand best practices for automated building of secure infrastructure using code, storing that code in version control, and deployment using Terraform and managing secrets with Vault. They will also use Packer to automate building of "golden images".

Who Can Benefit

This class's audience is Developers, DevOps, Architects, Team Leads, Operations, and any other Engineering personnel interested in learning best practices for automating, deploying, managing, and securing infrastructure and application code.


Attendees should have a basic understanding of Linux and command-line experience.

Course Details

What you learn:

Configuration Management

  • Configuration Drift
  • Challenges with Manual Configuration
  • Infrastructure as Code
  • Introduction to Automation Tools: Packer, Terraform, Vault
  • Benefits of Configuration Management


  • Introduction
  • Features
  • Commands
  • Terminology
  • Language (HCL)

Packer Builders

  • Overview
  • Builder types: Cloud, Docker, VMware


  • Types: Shell, Ansible, Chef
  • Cleanup provisioner
  • Template syntax

Post Processors

  • Overview
  • Use cases
  • Best practices

Terraform Introduction

  • Overview
  • Architecture
  • Why Terraform?
  • Comparison of tools
  • Core components
  • Fundamental concepts

Programming Structure

  • Providers
  • Resources
  • Variables
  • Data sources
  • Outputs
  • Cloud integration


  • Types and Arguments
  • Behavior
  • Dependencies
  • Local only resources


  • Inputs
  • References
  • Outputs and Locals
  • Overrides

Terraform CLI

  • Features
  • Commands
  • Managing infrastructure

State management

  • Local or Remote?
  • Remote storage options: S3, AzureRM, Google File Storage
  • Integrating with Git
  • Challenges with State file locking
  • Importing existing resources


  • Types of Provisioners
  • Remote execute provisioners
  • Local execute provisioners
  • Storing provisioners in repository

Modules and Workspaces

  • Understanding DRY (Don't Repeat Yourself) principle
  • Variables and Modules
  • Terraform module registry
  • Terraform workspace


  • The right way to handle Access & Secret keys
  • Managing resources in multiple regions
  • Terraform and Identity Access Management (IAM)

Vault Introduction

  • Overview
  • Architecture
  • Comparison of tools
  • Core components
  • Fundamental concepts
  • Platforms

Secret Engines

  • Static secrets
  • Cubbyhole secret engine
  • Dynamic secrets
  • Encryption
  • Authentication


  • Configuration
  • Authentication methods
  • Syntax
  • Constraints

Vault Agent

  • Overview
  • Auto-Auth
  • Methods
  • Caching

Putting it all together

  • Building images with Packer
  • Creating and managing infrastructure with Terraform
  • Deploying Vault
  • Integration with Kubernetes
  • Securely deploying applications


  • Review
  • Q&A
  • Next steps

When does class start/end?

Classes begin promptly at 9:00 am, and typically end at 5:00 pm.

Does the course schedule include a Lunchbreak?

Lunch is normally an hour long and begins at noon. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice are available all day in the kitchen. Fruit, muffins and bagels are served each morning. There are numerous restaurants near each of our centers, and some popular ones are indicated on the Area Map in the Student Welcome Handbooks - these can be picked up in the lobby or requested from one of our ExitCertified staff.

How can someone reach me during class?

If someone should need to contact you while you are in class, please have them call the center telephone number and leave a message with the receptionist.

What languages are used to deliver training?

Most courses are conducted in English, unless otherwise specified. Some courses will have the word "FRENCH" marked in red beside the scheduled date(s) indicating the language of instruction.

What does GTR stand for?

GTR stands for Guaranteed to Run; if you see a course with this status, it means this event is confirmed to run. View our GTR page to see our full list of Guaranteed to Run courses.

Does ExitCertified deliver group training?

Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.

Does ExitCertified deliver group training?

Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals, and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.

The instructor really took his time and made sure I was able to understand the concepts.

It would be better if the classroom had two power point screens so the instructor could have two screens shown to the class at the same time to reduce confusion switching back and forth

Course trainer was excellent, content was well organized. However, labs should be instructor lead versus on your own. Much time is wasted for newbees in getting acclimated to tool set, AWS environment, navigating and setting up things to complete tasks. This was my third class and I was barely able to finish most of the labs. (The first 2 classes I only finished one lab exercise for the 2 together.)

Fantastic and great training. Tons of hands-on labs to really make you understand the material being thought.

Excellent facilities, excellent staff.. and the coffee is good too! Thanks for helping to advance my career and the career of my colleagues!

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