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Getting Started with Terraform

By : Kirill Shirinkin
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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


In this chapter, you learned a lot of new technologies that can be combined with Terraform to perfect your Infrastructure as Code setup. We practiced every type of provisioner Terraform has, specifically, the following:

  • Executed tests with Inspec and Terraform outputs

  • Generated inventory files for Ansible with local-exec

  • Created new Chef nodes with the Chef provisioner

  • Installed the Puppet agent with remote-exec and uploaded Puppet manifests with a file provisioner

  • Made reusable provisioning with null_resource

We also took a look at a few third-party plugins, which are, unfortunately, of low quality, often unsupported, and having bugs. You should normally use both built-in providers and provisioners, or implement something with existing provisioners.

In the next chapter, we will go to the next level of managing infrastructure with Terraform. You will actually learn how to continuously manage an existing infrastructure. We will see what Terraform provides in terms of scaling infrastructure...