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Getting Started with Terraform

By : Kirill Shirinkin
Book Image

Getting Started with Terraform

By: Kirill Shirinkin

Overview of this book

Terraform is a tool used to efficiently build, configure, and improve production infrastructure. It can manage existing infrastructure as well as create custom in-house solutions. This book shows you when and how to implement infrastructure as a code practices with Terraform. It covers everything necessary to set up complete management of infrastructure with Terraform, starting with the basics of using providers and resources. This book is a comprehensive guide that begins with very small infrastructure templates and takes you all the way to managing complex systems, all using concrete examples that evolve over the course of the book. It finishes with the complete workflow of managing a production infrastructure as code – this is achieved with the help of version control and continuous integration. At the end of this book, you will be familiar with advanced techniques such as multi-provider support and multiple remote modules.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Getting Started with Terraform
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Using Elastic Compute Cloud

We will look at three ways of creating an EC2 instance: manually via the Management Console, with the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), and with Terraform.

Creating an instance through Management Console

Just to get a feel of AWS Management Console and to fully understand how much Terraform simplifies working with AWS, let's create a single EC2 instance manually:

  1. Login to the console and choose EC2 from the list of services:

  2. Click on Launch Instance:

  3. Choose AWS Marketplace from the left sidebar, type Centos in the search box, and click on the Select button for the first search result:

  4. On each of the next pages, just click on Next till you reach the end of the process and you get a notification as follows:

As you see, it's not really a quick process to create a single virtual server on EC2. You have to choose AMI, instance type, configure network details, and permissions; select or generate an SSH-key; properly tag it; pick the right security groups, and add storage....