Kubernetes: Day One for Absolute Beginners


Kelsey Hightower

Author of Kubernetes the Hard Way, Keynote Speaker, and Developer Advocate at Google Cloud Platform.

Dan Wahlin

Docker Captain, Microsoft MVP, Google Developer Expert (GDE), speaker, Pluralsight author.

Mike Pfeiffer

Microsoft MVP, Pluralsight author, ex-AWS cloud solutions architect, former engineer at Microsoft.

Anthony Nocentino

Microsoft MVP, Pluralsight author, Founder of Centino Systems, SQL, PowerShell, & Kubernetes expert.

Get Up and Running with Kubernetes in a Day

This introductory course shows you how to get started with containers and Kubernetes completely from scratch.

Course Outline

Module 1: Fireside Chat with Kelsey Hightower

In this kick-off session we chat with Kelsey Hightower from Google about the current state of Kubernetes and what you should be thinking about as the industry continues to move forward. When and why should you use Kubernetes? Mike, Dan, and Anthony discuss this with Kelsey and we take Q&A from a live audience.

Module 2: Intro to Containers and Kubernetes

In this session we will introduce Kubernetes and deep dive into each component and its responsibility in a cluster. We will also look at and demonstrate higher-level abstractions such as Services, Controllers, and Deployments and how they can be used to ensure the desired state of an application and data platform deployed in Kubernetes. By the end of this session, you will understand what's needed to put your applications and data platform in production in a Kubernetes cluster.

Module 3: Deploying to Kubernetes

Once you’ve learned about some of the core concepts of Kubernetes we’ll look at how we can get a multi-container application deployed. This will include discussing the YAML files involved, kubectl commands that can be used, as well as additional considerations to know about. By the end of this session we’ll have an application running in Kubernetes and will wrap up with a closer look at the role of Deployments and ReplicaSets for managing Pods. At this point you may wonder if there’s a more automated way to get containers running in Kubernetes? That will be the topic of the last session.

Module 4: Azure DevOps and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

In this last section of day one we'll dive into automated build and release scenarios with Kubernetes and Azure DevOps. We'll explore the fundamental concepts of Azure Pipelines and how teams automate deployments to the Azure cloud platform. You'll walk away with a clear picture on how to create a pipeline that continuously builds and deploys your app to an Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) cluster with Azure DevOps.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Nope. This workshop is designed for anyone who is completely new to Docker and/or Kubernetes. It doesn't matter if you're a developer or an operations engineer.

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