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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

Configuring data sources

Data sources are very similar to regular resources. The main difference is that they are read-only. You can't always (actually, far from it) you can have the complete infrastructure in your Terraform templates. It is often the case that some resources do already exist and you don't have much control over them. You still need to use them inside your Terraform templates, though. That's when data sources become handy.

In the Terraform documentation for each provider, there is a list of data sources (if any are available). They are configured almost the same as regular resources, with some differences.

Let's try them out in our template. There is a feature named VPC Peering in AWS. It allows connecting two different VPC in a way that instances inside both can talk to each other. We could have a VPC provided by other team, responsible for management layer for our infrastructure (artifacts storage, DNS, and so on). In order to access it from VPC we created with Terraform...