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Beginning Jenkins

Accelerate product delivery, manage builds, and automate deployment pipelines with Jenkins
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Packt Publishing
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Set up and deploy a Jenkins server across different platforms via Docker
Design development workflows that enable continuous integration and then easily integrate with Jenkins
Explore community plugins and use them to extend core Jenkins functionality
Set up a freestyle project as well as a view to manage your projects
Understand source control and pipelines, and build parameters in the context of Git and Jenkins
Configure general-purpose freestyle projects, or use more formal pipeline-driven implementation

Beginning Jenkins teaches you everything you need to know about installing, setting up, configuring, and integrating a Jenkins server with your project to speed up the product development lifecycle. You will learn how to deploy via Docker and integrate with Git. Next, you will move on to understanding bespoke plugins and services to further customize your workflow, and dynamically adjust your build requirements when pushing to production.

Once you have grasped the basics, you will explore user and plugin management along with updating and upgrading Jenkins. You will set up freestyle projects and views to manage your projects, followed by configuring parameters for your projects and creating upstream and downstream projects with views to visualize the projects. In addition to this, you will create a secure connection from your master to your build slaves and configure your build tasks to run on the slave.

By the end of this course, you will be able to successfully set up a Jenkins server that checks your source code repositories for changes, triggering new builds and unit tests whilst informing all of the key stakeholders in your organization.

About the Author

Joseph Muli loves programming, writing, teaching, gaming, and traveling. He’s currently working as a software engineer at Andela and Fathom, specializing in DevOps and Site Reliability. Previously, he worked as a software engineer and technical mentor at Moringa School.

Arnold Okoth is a software developer at Andela with three years’ experience of extensive development and system operations. He has worked with Python, Jenkins, Docker, AWS, and Bash. Arnold has gained numerous certifications in the fields of networking, application security, and cloud computing from industry-leading vendors, such as Amazon, Cisco, and IBM. During his downtime, Arnold enjoys watching sports – mainly football and basketball. You can find out more about Arnold on his LinkedIn profile.

Debayan is working as a Technical Team Lead for the Mobile Tools team at Pandora. He has over 6 years of experience in DevOps and Jenkins. He is also a certified Jenkins Engineer.

A few months back he had presented at the Jenkins World meetup on the topic “Set up and Manage iOS and Infrastructure for CI with Jenkins”.

Installing and Setting up Jenkins

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Course Overview

This video gives an overview of the entire course.

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Installation and Setup

In this video, you will learn how to install and set up the environment. Let’s install Docker, Python, and Git.   

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Lesson Overview

This video gives an overview of the entire lesson.

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Continuous Delivery

Let us learn on the term Continuous Delivery, Continuous Deployment, and Continuous Integration.   

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Installing Jenkins

Let us install Blue Ocean and set up Jenkins.   

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The Jenkins Dashboard

The Jenkins dashboard is the central point of all operations in our pipelines and projects. Any and all operations are coordinated from this point. Let us learn about the use of Jenkins.

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User Management

The Jenkins dashboard is the central point of all operations in our pipelines and projects. Any and all operations are coordinated from this point. Let us learn about the use of Jenkins.

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Lesson Summary

This video summarizes your learning from this lesson.

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Test Your Knowledge

Administering Jenkins

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Lesson Overview

Let us learn about plugins and production readiness, as we build on our pipeline and how the process enables delivery. We will also see how Jenkins is set up to enforce this process.   

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Plugin Management

Plugins in the Jenkins environment are used to improve the functionality and meet user requirements. Let us learn more about it in this video.   

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Updating and Upgrading Jenkins

Let us learn about the necessary practices and the positive and negative effects of a Jenkins server upgrade in this video.

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Configuring Jenkins for Production

In this video, we will learn about few best practices mentioned on the Jenkins wiki for production environments, evaluation of the Jenkins Server, the access points and the access controls, and it’s testing.   

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Lesson Summary

This video summarizes your learning from this lesson.

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Test Your Knowledge

Jenkins Views and Setting up Freestyle Projects

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we will demonstrate and implement build management through Python examples. Do not be alarmed if you have no previous experience with the language, as we will only cover need to know information relating to Jenkins.   

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Setting Up a Freestyle Project

A freestyle project in Jenkins is a project that spans multiple operations. It can be a build, a script run, or even a pipeline. According to the official Jenkins wiki, a freestyle project is a typical build job or task. In this video, we will learn how to set up a freestyle project, build triggers, environment, and so on.   

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Setting Up a View to Manage Our Projects

In this video, we will demonstrate how we can improve our experience working with Jenkins and categorize our jobs in different views.

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Lesson Summary

This video summarizes your learning from this lesson.

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Test Your Knowledge

Parameterized Projects and Upstream/Downstream Projects

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Lesson Overview

In this video, we will explore some of the features offered by Jenkins when running our projects, to make them more customizable to fit different scenarios and to make our builds run in different ways based on the values assigned to the parameters.

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Configuring Parameters for Our Projects

In this video, we will learn about the parameterized projects and build parameters supported by Jenkins.   

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Creating and Accessing Build Parameters

Build parameters enable us to accomplish various things, such as providing our build with a database connection string to grant it credentials to access various services, for example, a deployment token, and so on. In this video, we will create the build parameters and learn how to access them.   

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Build Triggers

While working with Jenkins, there are different ways we can tell Jenkins to run our projects. We can run them manually, but while working on real projects, we need more automated ways to run our builds. Build triggers help to make this possible. In this video, we will create upstream/downstream projects and learn how to run an upstream project.   

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Lesson Summary

This video summarizes your learning from this lesson.

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Test Your Knowledge

Multibranch and Declarative Jenkins Pipelines

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Lesson Overview

In this video, we will explore newer features of Jenkins and build a full-on pipeline that will demonstrate the power of CI and automation.   

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Setting up a GitHub Repository

Continuous Integration is essentially the practice of conducting your tests on a non-developer system as soon as someone pushes the code into a source repository such as GitHub. This practice will help you integrate your work in a way that is verified by an automated build to identify errors as soon as possible. This results in quicker deployment to production. In this video, we will learn to set up our repository and integrate Jenkins.   

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Pipeline as Code

A pipeline in Jenkins is defined using a script called the Jenkins file. This provides more automation, allows your pipeline to be treated like all other application code, and can be stored in version control. In this video, we will cover the ways of creating the pipeline and installing Blue Ocean.   

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Creating Multibranch Pipelines

While working with the scripted Jenkins pipeline, we can configure it to work with different branches. There are pre-defined global variables available on Jenkins that allow us to use conditionals to perform different actions. In this video, we will learn to create the global variables and build pull requests.   

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Lesson Summary

This video summarizes your learning from this lesson.   

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Test Your Knowledge

Distributed Builds on Jenkins

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Lesson Overview

In this video, we will connect agents to the Jenkins master, configure freestyle projects to run on the agents, and instruct pipelines to run on different agents in the build environment.     

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Setting Up Our Slaves

In the context of Jenkins, distributed builds refers to the allocation of different nodes (slaves) to run your build tasks. On the flip side, we can also see that the creation of more nodes is expensive and could present a security challenge, since your nodes have to communicate over a network. Let’s look at this in detail in this video.

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In the context of Jenkins, distributed builds refers to the allocation of differe

In this video, we will learn to add nodes and connect it to the slaves.

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In this video, we will learn to add nodes and connect it to the slaves.

In this video, we will learn to run freestyle projects on nodes, pipelines on different nodes, and spin down the Vagrant environment.

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Lesson Summary

This video summarizes your learning from this lesson.

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Test Your Knowledge
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