Concourse Training

Private Training

This private training is designed for DevOps engineers to provide an in-depth understanding of the Concourse architecture, its features, and its core components. The program overviews best practices and tools to set up CI/CD pipelines with Concourse.

Concourse Training

Duration

3 days

Type

Tailor-made

Delivery format

On-site, Hands-on, Instructor-led

The course is tailored for

  • DevOps engineers seeking a deep understanding of how to enable CI/CD pipelines in the software delivery process
  • DevOps engineers willing to learn how to properly operate Ci/CD pipelines by using Fly CLI
  • DevOps engineers who want to get a better knowledge of the Concourse architecture and its components

The course covers

  • Concourse custom configuration and integration with third-party services
  • the benefits of CI/CD pipelines and issues to be resolved with their implementation
  • CI/CD pipelines management with Fly CLI

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Default training program

Day 1

  • Introduction

    Theory

    • Agenda for the training.
    • General introduction to continuous integration and continuous delivery.
    • An overview of the benefits CI/CD brings along.
  • Concourse overview

    Theory

    • An overview of the Concourse tool: what it is and why using it.
    • Comparing Concourse to other CI/CD tools,outlining its advantages and disadvantages.
  • Fly CLI

    Theory

    • Management activities using Fly CLI

    Practice

    • Connecting to Concourse.
    • Getting information about pipelines.
    • Getting information about workers and volumes.
  • Introduction to the Concourse components

    Theory

    • Terminology used in Concourse.
    • An overview of various components, teams, pipelines, jobs, tasks, resources, builds, and workflows.
  • Local Concourse installation

    Theory

    • Alternative deployment methods

    Practice

    • Installing Docker.
    • Running Concourse using Docker.
  • The “hello world” task

    Theory

    • An introduction to creating a simple task

    Practice

    • Creating task manifests.
    • Using Fly CLI to add and remove tasks.
  • Task inputs

    Theory

    • Processing files/folders inside the Concourse tasks

    Practice

    • Adding inputs.
    • Using local inputs.
    • Using remote inputs.
  • Task scripts

    Theory

    • Build, release, and run scripts inside the Concourse tasks

    Practice

    • Adding task scripts.
    • Accessing inputs with task scripts.
    • Debugging and troubleshooting task scripts.
  • Containers

    Theory

    • Customizing containers with Docker images

    Practice

    • Reviewing default containers.
    • Creating a Docker file.
    • Maintaining Docker images.
    • Intercepting/hijacking containers.
  • Resources

    Theory

    • Retrieving and publishing content using the Concourse resources

    Practice

    • Adding a resource to a pipeline
  • Resource types

    Theory

    • Available resource types with examples and exercisest

    Practice

    • Review core resources.
    • Resource type standards.
    • Adding a custom resource to a pipeline.
  • Triggers and automation

    Theory

    • How to trigger and automate your CI/CD pipelines

    Practice

    • Understanding trigger behaviour.
    • Adding triggers to a pipeline.
    • Exploring different trigger types.
    • Triggering pipelines using Fly CLI.
  • Task outputs

    Theory

    • Exporting files/folders from the Concourse tasks

    Practice

    • Storing state using task outputs.
    • Different output types.
    • Common output use cases.
  • Task workflows

    Theory

    • Passing artifacts between different tasks using inputs and outputs

    Practice

    • Adding multiple jobs to a pipeline.
    • Passing task outputs into task inputs.
    • Creating an application CI/CD workflow in a single pipeline.
  • Publishing applications and releases

    Theory

    • Creating final releases of applications and external publishing

    Practice

    • Publishing applications from Concourse
  • Parameters

    Theory

    • Configuration and change management using parameters

    Practice

    • Customising deployment jobs and tasks with parameters
  • Secret management

    Theory

    • Securing secrets using credential management with CredHub

Day 2

  • Concourse with Git

    Theory

    • Using Git with Concourse pipelines

    Practice

    • Adding a Git resource to a pipeline.
    • Git resource configuration.
  • Concourse with Time

    Theory

    • Scheduling jobs inside Concourse pipelines using the Time resource

    Practice

    • Adding a time resource to a pipeline.
    • Time resource configuration.
  • Concourse with semantic versioning

    Theory

    • Adding application versioning to your CI/CD pipeline using the semver resource

    Practice

    • Adding a semver resource to a pipeline.
    • Server resource configuration.
  • Concourse with the S3 file/artifact storage

    Theory

    • Publishing binaries and artifacts using the S3 resource

    Practice

    • Adding an S3 resource to a pipeline.
    • The S3 resource configuration.
  • Concourse with a custom resource

    Theory

    • Adding and using Azure Blob Storage, IaaS specific custom resources

    Practice

    • Adding the Azure Blob Storage resource to a pipeline.
    • Configuring the Azure Blob Storage resources
  • Concourse with Cloud Foundry

    Theory

    • Pushing applications directly to Cloud Foundry using the cf resource

    Practice

    • Adding a CF resource to a pipeline.
    • CF resource configuration.
  • 12-factor applications

    Theory

    • What constitutes a cloud-native 12-factor application

    Practice

    • Code review of a sample 12-factor application
  • Build pipelines

    Practice

    • Creating a build pipeline from scratch
  • Release pipelines

    Practice

    • Creating a release pipeline from scratch
  • Deployment pipelines

    Practice

    • Creating a deployment pipeline from scratch
  • Blue/green deployments

    Theory

    • Blue/green deployments using the Concourse pipelines

    Practice

    • Extending and creating a blue/green deployment pipeline
  • CI/CD best practices

    Theory

    • Tips, tricks, and pitfalls when creating Concourse pipelines

    Practice

    • Test-driven development exercises using fly execute

Day 3

  • Advanced task scripting

    Theory

    • How to make resilient and extensible task scripts

    Practice

    • Creating application testing tasks for a Concourse pipeline
  • Creating custom containers with Docker

    Theory

    • How to add and extend task capabilities by creating custom Docker containers

    Practice

    • Creating a custom container.
    • Using a custom container in Concourse.
  • Creating custom resources

    Theory

    • How to create custom resources for third-party CI/CD integrations, including sample third-party resources

    Practice

    • Creating a custom resource.
    • Using a custom resource in Concourse.
  • A deep dive into Concourse components

    Theory

    • A deep dive into the architecture and components that make up Concourse: ATC, TSA, DB, Garden, containers, Volumes, baggage claim, and workers.
  • Concourse for operators

    Theory

    • Installing, operating, and managing Concourse at scale on different infrastructures

    Practice

    • Installing Concourse in a cloud using BOSH on Azure
  • Concourse configuration

    Theory

    • Concourse configuration options for logging, metrics, high availability, and security

    Practice

    • Scaling Concourse.
    • Configuring Concourse to be highly available.
  • Concourse third-party integrations

    Theory

    • Supported third-party integrations: ASM, BBR, CredHub, OAuth, InfluxDB, Prometheus, Riemann, UAA, Vault, and Yeller
  • Useful docs and resources

    Theory

    • Various useful community docs and resources for help and troubleshooting

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Prerequisites. Altoros recommends that all students have:

01

Basic knowledge of Linux:

  • SSH to a remote host
  • Copying files between a local machine and a remote Linux host
  • Editing files in Linux using vim, nano, or Emacss
  • Basic command line operations
02

Experience with Docker:

  • Running applications inside Docker containers
  • Knowledge of what a Docker container is, how containers are different from virtual machines, and what a Docker image is.
03

Workstation with:

  • A SSH/SCP terminal client (like ssh or Putty)
  • A web browser (Chrome/Firefox)
  • An ability to download and install software
  • Internet connection w/o firewall rules blocking outgoing traffic
  • Public internet access on TCP ports 22, 80, 8080, and 443

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