Cloud Foundry BOSH Fundamentals LiveLessons

Video description

5 Hours of Video Instruction

Learn how to harness the power of the Cloud Foundry BOSH tool to build resilient and enterprise grade cloud-native deployments.


BOSH 2.0 is the next generation, enterprise ­grade, service deployment tool that powers Pivotal Cloud Foundry. By using BOSH, operators can manage huge deployments, such as Cloud Foundry, Concourse, Postgresql, and others on any cloud, in an entirely automated and reproducible way.

Cloud Foundry BOSH Fundamentals will teach you how to make use of BOSH 2.0 to automate every aspect of your deployment operations. You'll learn the fundamentals of using BOSH with existing BOSH releases, and how to create your own releases to deploy your own customized software.

Skill Level

  • Intermediate

In this video, you'll learn:

  • The fundamentals, domain terms, and language of BOSH
  • How to build your own BOSH releases, gaining confidence that you understand exactly what's deployed on your network
  • How to fully automate your deployments, unlocking a huge potential in predictability and testability
  • How BOSH detects VM issues and automatically recovers them for you
  • How to monitor your deployments with BOSH
  • How to colocate your own tools into your BOSH deployment

Who Should Take This Course

Operators and DevOps professionals managing medium to large networks of virtual machines. Also useful for Cloud Foundry and Concourse enthusiasts, and those providing managed services and consulting to Cloud Foundry users.

Course Requirements

  • Familiarity with the fundamentals of Linux and Unix
  • Some familiarity with cloud infrastructures, such as GCP

Lessons in this Training:

  • Lesson 1: Introducing BOSH

In this lesson, you'll learn what makes BOSH unique, its core philosophies and concepts. You'll also learn BOSH and general Cloud vocabulary, and will get pointers of where to get help in the future.

  • Lesson 2: Deploying the Director

This lesson covers the steps needed to deploy our bosh director, which you'll later use to deploy your production software. The lesson walks through preparing your GCP project and networks, deploying the BOSH director by hand, and accessing the director remotely. Finally, you learn how to deploy the director using the new BOSH Bootloader tool.

  • Lesson 3: Deploying Nginx

Now that you have a running bosh director, it's time to provision your first production deployment. The lesson starts simple, by deploying a single virtual machine running Nginx. You then learn how to upload stem cells and releases. You then configure your Nginx deploy manifest and your cloud config. Finally, we'll deploy the release, and spend some time exploring what we've produced.

  • Lesson 4: Deploying Etcd

This lesson explores how BOSH manages a clustered release with persistent disks by deploying Etcd. You'll upload and configure an Etcd release and deploy it to Google Cloud Platform. You then connect to it and ensure replication is happening correctly, and spend some time exploring this clustered release.

  • Lesson 5: Managing Your Deployment

This lesson covers some of the day to day BOSH tasks. You'll learn how to apply a security patch to all of our VMs at once, how to monitor our deployments, how to manage the processes running on our VMs, scaling the cluster, and reconfiguring the software that's running on the VMs.

  • Lesson 6: Making Use of Some Advanced BOSH Features

This lesson explores some more advanced BOSH usage. You'll learn how to colocate deployment to run multiple jobs on a single VM. You'll also learn how to use BOSH add-ons to automatically colocate jobs on all VMs in all of our deployments. Finally, we explore the BOSH resurrector, a crucial part of the self-healing nature of BOSH.

  • Lesson 7: Creating Your Own Release

This lesson takes you step-by-step through the process of building a frontend to Etcd and packaging it up in our own custom release. First, you'll initialize the release directory, and then you'll write the frontend server. Next, you will create the package files and jobs and learn how to manage large files as local blobs. After that, you'll review what we've built so far and explore the development cycle in building a release. Then, you will build and deploy your release, learn how to configure a GCP load balancer for it, and review the entire deployment. You'll finish off by making use of bosh links to make it easier to configure and manage our release.

  • Lesson 8: Publishing the Release

This final lesson starts by discussing the difference between development and final releases. Next, you will learn how to upload your final release blobs to the Cloud. Finally, you will build your final release and distribute it to the world.

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Cloud Foundry BOSH Fundamentals LiveLessons: Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: Introducing BOSH
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 1.1 Discover BOSH
    3. 1.2 Review the BOSH philosophy
    4. 1.3 Recognize BOSH’s core concepts
    5. 1.4 Review BOSH vocabulary
    6. 1.5 Review cloud vocabulary
    7. 1.6 Get help
  3. Lesson 2: Deploying the Director
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 2.1 Prepare a new GCP project
    3. 2.2 Deploy the Director by hand
    4. 2.3 Access the Director
    5. 2.4 Deploy the Director using the BOSH Bootloader
  4. Lesson 3: Deploying Nginx
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 3.1 Upload the stemcell
    3. 3.2 Upload the release
    4. 3.3 Create the deployment manifest and cloud config
    5. 3.4 Deploy the release
    6. 3.5 Explore the deployment
  5. Lesson 4: Deploying Etcd
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 4.1 Upload and configure the Etcd release
    3. 4.2 Deploy the Etcd Release
    4. 4.3 Connect to Etcd
    5. 4.4 Explore the deployment
  6. Lesson 5: Managing Your Deployment
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 5.1 Patch all of your VMs at once with a new Stemcell
    3. 5.2 Monitor your deployment remotely
    4. 5.3 Manage deployed processes with Monit
    5. 5.4 Scale out and up
    6. 5.5 Change the Etcd configuration
  7. Lesson 6: Making Use of Some Advanced BOSH Features
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 6.1 Colocate a release to gather logs via Syslog
    3. 6.2 Use BOSH addons to gather logs via Syslog
    4. 6.3 Exercise the Resurrector
  8. Lesson 7: Creating Your Own Release
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 7.1 Initialize the release directory
    3. 7.2 Write the frontend server
    4. 7.3 Create the package files
    5. 7.4 Create the jobs
    6. 7.5 Manage large files as local blobs
    7. 7.6 Review how the release parts fit together
    8. 7.7 Understand the development cycle
    9. 7.8 Build and deploy the development release
    10. 7.9 Add a load balancer for external access
    11. 7.10 Review the final deployment
    12. 7.11 Use links to remove hardcoded IPs
  9. Lesson 8: Publishing the Release
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 8.1 Review the difference between development and final releases
    3. 8.2 Upload final release blobs to GCS
    4. 8.3 Build the final release
    5. 8.4 Use links to remove hardcoded IPs
  10. Summary
    1. Cloud Foundry BOSH Fundamentals LiveLessons: Summary

Product information

  • Title: Cloud Foundry BOSH Fundamentals LiveLessons
  • Author(s): Tammer Saleh
  • Release date: December 2017
  • Publisher(s): Pearson
  • ISBN: 0134858271