Salt Stack Essentials

Salt Stack Essentials


This course provides an introduction to the Salt Stack Configuration Management System ('Salt Open' version).


This course assumes that the delegates have knowledge of Linux and the Linux command line. Some prior experience with a scripting language (eg Python) would be advantageous.


2 days. Hands on.

Course Objectives

SaltStack is one of the best infrastructure management platforms available. It provides powerful tools for defining and enforcing the state of your infrastructure in a clear, concise way. With this course, learn how to use these tools for your own infrastructure by understanding the core pieces of Salt.

In this course we will take you from the initial installation of Salt, through running your first commands, and then talk about extending Salt for individual use cases. From there you will explore the state system inside of Salt, learning to define the desired state of your infrastructure in such a way that Salt can enforce that state with a single command. Finally, you will learn about some of the additional tools that salt provides, including salt-cloud, the reactor, and the event system.

Finally, by the end of the course, you'll be able to build reliable, scalable, secure, high-performance infrastructure and fully utilize the power of cloud computing.

On completion of the course you will learn to:

  • Install Salt on your servers
  • Run commands on all or some of your minions instantly from a central managing server
  • Write custom Salt modules to handle your infrastructure's unique needs
  • Define the state of your infrastructure and use Salt to enforce that state
  • Create platform-agnostic state definitions for greater flexibility and power
  • Manage virtual servers on public or private clouds using Salt Cloud
  • Use the event system in Salt to create reactive and self-healing infrastructure

Course Content

Diving In - Our First Salt Commands
Controlling Your Minions with Remote Execution
Execution Modules - Write Your Own Solution
Defining the State of Your Infrastructure
Expanding Our States with Jinja2 and Pillar
The Highstate and Environments
Using Salt Cloud to Manage Virtual Minions
The Reactor and the Event System
Security Best Practices in Salt
Saltstack Community and the bigger picture
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