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Puppet & Chef Online Test

The Puppet & Chef Online Test uses scenario-based MCQs to evaluate candidates' proficiency in deploying, configuring, and maintaining infrastructure, managing configuration files, automating system tasks, and scripting using Puppet and Chef. Other important topics that are covered in the test include testing and troubleshooting, security management, and version control.

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Test duration:  ~ 30 mins
Difficulty level:  Moderate
Availability:  Available as custom test
  • 8 Puppet MCQs
  • 8 Chef MCQs
Covered skills:
Node Objects
Configuring Nodes
Recipe and attributes
Chef Client-Server configuration
Authentication and Security
Knife plugins
Chef server
Run lists
Relationships and ordering

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The Puppet & Chef Online Test helps recruiters and hiring managers identify qualified candidates from a pool of resumes, and helps in taking objective hiring decisions. It reduces the administrative overhead of interviewing too many candidates and saves time by filtering out unqualified candidates at the first step of the hiring process.

The test screens for the following skills that hiring managers look for in candidates:

  • Creating and managing Node Objects
  • Writing and maintaining Chef Recipes
  • Configuring Nodes using Chef
  • Utilizing Recipes and attributes effectively
  • Configuring Chef Client-Server communication
  • Understanding Authentication and Security in Chef
  • Working with Knife plugins
  • Managing and configuring Chef server
  • Understanding and utilizing Run lists
  • Managing Relationships and ordering in Chef

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We have a very high focus on the quality of questions that test for on-the-job skills. Every question is non-googleable and we have a very high bar for the level of subject matter experts we onboard to create these questions. We have crawlers to check if any of the questions are leaked online. If/ when a question gets leaked, we get an alert. We change the question for you & let you know.

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Test candidates on core Puppet & Chef Hiring Test topics

Node Objects: Node Objects refer to the configuration nodes that are used in Puppet and Chef to define the desired state of a system. These objects contain information on how a specific node should be configured, including package installations, files to be managed, and service configurations.

Recipe: A recipe is a script or set of instructions written in a domain-specific language (DSL) used in Puppet and Chef. It defines the steps and resources required to achieve a desired configuration state on a node. In this test, measuring knowledge of recipes ensures that candidates understand the fundamental building blocks of Puppet and Chef configurations.

Configuring Nodes: Configuring nodes involves setting up and managing the desired state of individual systems using Puppet and Chef. It includes tasks such as configuring network settings, managing packages and services, and applying security policies. Assessing this skill helps determine a candidate's ability to effectively leverage Puppet and Chef for system configuration.

Recipe and Attributes: Recipes and attributes are closely related concepts in Puppet and Chef. A recipe defines what needs to be done, while attributes provide the necessary data or parameters for the recipe to execute correctly. Testing knowledge of recipe and attribute usage ensures candidates can properly define and utilize these core components of Puppet and Chef.

Chef Client-Server Configuration: Chef Client-Server configuration involves setting up the communication and interaction between the Chef server and the clients (nodes) it manages. It includes tasks such as configuring client authentication, defining the Chef server URL, and establishing secure communication channels. Evaluating this skill helps assess a candidate's ability to configure and maintain the Chef Client-Server architecture.

Authentication and Security: Authentication and security in Puppet and Chef are crucial aspects to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of configuration management. This skill measures a candidate's knowledge of securely accessing and authenticating with Puppet and Chef servers, as well as implementing security measures such as SSL certificates, encryption, and access controls.

Knife Plugins: Knife is a command-line tool in Chef that provides various functionalities for managing and interacting with Chef servers and nodes. Knife plugins extend the functionality of Knife by adding custom commands and features. Evaluating knowledge of Knife plugins ensures candidates are proficient in leveraging this powerful tool for Chef management and automation tasks.

Chef Server: Chef Server is a central component in the Chef ecosystem that stores and manages cookbooks, environments, roles, and other configuration data. Assessing knowledge of Chef Server measures a candidate's understanding of how to set up and administer a Chef Server, including managing users, permissions, and data synchronization.

Run Lists: Run lists play a critical role in Puppet and Chef by defining the order in which recipes should be applied to nodes during configuration. They determine the sequence of steps and ensure proper dependency resolution. Measuring knowledge of run lists helps assess a candidate's ability to effectively organize and manage the execution of recipes.

Relationships and Ordering: In Puppet and Chef, relationships and ordering refer to the dependencies between resources and ensuring they are applied in the correct sequence. Resources can depend on other resources, and specifying the correct order is crucial for proper system configuration. Assessing this skill helps evaluate a candidate's understanding of resource relationships and the ability to define and manage ordering in Puppet and Chef configurations.

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How does pricing work?

You can check out our pricing plans.

Can I customize the test?

Yes, absolutely. Custom assessments are set up within 48 hours based on your job description, and will include questions on all must-have skills you specify. Here's a quick guide on how you can request a custom test. You can also customize a test by uploading your own questions.

Can I combine multiple skills into one test?

Yes, absolutely. Custom assessments are set up based on your job description, and will include questions on all must-have skills you specify. Here's a quick guide on how you can request a custom test.

What roles can I use the Puppet & Chef Test for?

Here are few roles for which we recommend this test:

  • DevOps Engineer
  • Automation Engineer (Puppet/ Chef)
  • Principal DevOps Engineer - Puppet/ Chef
  • Senior DevOps Engineer - Chef/Puppet
  • DevOps Engineer - Ansible/Puppet/Chef
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I'm a candidate. Can I try a practice test?

No. Unfortunately, we do not support practice tests at the moment. However, you can use our sample questions for practice.

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