Kubernetes Mastery: Hands-On Lessons From A Docker Captain


Kubernetes Mastery: Hands-On Lessons From A Docker Captain

Learn the latest Kubernetes features (1.16) and plugins while practicing DevOps workflows, from a container expert

What you’ll learn
  • Learn Kubernetes and cluster tools from an award-winning Docker Captain!
  • Lead your team into the future with the latest Kubernetes & container skills!
  • Know the right ways to use Kubernetes for proper DevOps workflows
  • Understand production K8s topics like rolling updates, healthchecks, and failure recovery
  • Know when to use different types of app configuration like args, envs, and ConfigMaps
  • Make Kubernetes YAML manifests and deploy using infrastructure-as-code methods
  • Know Docker 101: the Docker basics like building and shipping images, and running containers
  • Understand terminal or command prompt basics
  • Linux basics like shells, SSH, and package managers
  • Know the basics of creating a server in the cloud (on any provider)
  • Understand the basics of web and database servers (how they typically communicate, IP’s, ports, etc.)
  • Have a GitHub and Docker Hub account


Taught by an award-winning Docker Captain and Kubernetes expert, this Course is the result of a collaboration between Bret Fisher, creator of the #1 Docker & Kubernetes course on Udemy, and Jérôme Petazzoni who is a full-time Kubernetes instructor, as well as one of the original Docker Inc DevOps Engineers! We designed the course to take your Kubernetes skills from first-time user to using K8s in production.

Updates are a thing! You can count on it. Kubernetes is a huge topic and constantly evolving. As a result, this course will grow and evolve with it.

Just starting out with Kubernetes? Perfect. This course starts out assuming you’re new to container orchestration.

And, if you’re using Kubernetes now and need to learn the latest features, I’m here for you! See my topics around dry runs, diffs, logging, rolling upgrades, startup healthchecks, zombie reaping, and more.

[five stars] “Because Bret knows, lives, breaths and loves his technology stack. The passion and belief always comes through in all of his courses which is why I will always recommend his work.”  — Steven Hunt, Udemy Student

Already a Docker Mastery student and want to know what’s different between the two courses? This course assumes you know Docker and dives deeper into Kubernetes and the community of tools around it. Unlike Docker Mastery, which starts with container 101 and takes you through a lot of tools like local development setups, docker-compose, registry, Docker Hub, Swarm basics, Kubernetes basics, and general Docker best practices… this course starts with Kubernetes 101 and has you learning and practicing each feature and workflow you’ll need for running your own Kubernetes clusters, and like all my courses, it focuses on how to use those features with a DevOps mindset and workflow.

BONUS: This course comes with Slack Chat and YouTube Live Q&As with me!

“…Bret is amazing. You can tell he knows exactly what he is talking about and enjoys helping others. I have never seen someone so involved with his user base as Bret. …I would seriously buy any course the Bret puts out because I have no doubts that it will be excellent.”  –– David Olson, Udemy Course Student

Why should you learn from me? Why trust me to teach you the best ways to use Kubernetes?   (Hi, I’m Bret, please allow me to talk about myself for a sec):

  • I’m A Practitioner. Welcome to the real world: I’ve got 20 years of sysadmin and developer experience, over 30 certifications, and have been exclusively focused on DevOps and the container ecosystem for my consulting clients and my own companies since Docker’s early days. Learn from someone who’s helped run thousands of containers across dozens of projects and organizations.
  • I’m An Educator. Learn from someone who knows how to make a syllabus: I want to help you. People say I’m good at it. For the last few years, I’ve trained thousands of people on using Docker & Kubernetes in workshops, conferences, and meetups. See me teach at events like DockerCon, O’Reilly Velocity, GOTO Conf, and Linux Open Source Summit.
  • I Lead Communities. Also, I’m a Docker Captain, meaning that Docker Inc. thinks I know a thing or two about containers and that I do well in sharing it with others. In the real-world: I help run two local meetups in our fabulous tech community in Norfolk/Virginia Beach USA. I help online: usually in Slack and Twitter, where I learn from and help others.

“This guy is out of this world. I love his patience and carefulness he puts in all of his lessons.” — Evan Baird, Udemy Student

Giving Back: a portion of my profit on this course will be donated to supporting open source and protecting our freedoms online! This course is only made possible by the amazing people creating open source. I’m standing on the shoulders of (open source) giants! Donations will be split between my favorite charities like Electronic Frontier Foundation and Free Software Foundation. Look them up. They’re awesome!

This is a living course and will be updated as Kubernetes features change.

This course is designed to be fast at getting you started but also to get you deep into the “why” of things. Simply the fastest and best way to learn the latest container skills. Look at the scope of topics in the Session and see the breadth of skills you will learn.

Also included is a private Slack Chat group with 21,000+ students for getting help with this course and continuing your Docker and DevOps learning with help from myself and other students.

“I am really loving your approach to training so far. Concepts are really simplified and easy to understand. Thank you.”  — Yemisi Omoijo, Udemy Student

Some of the many cool things you’ll do in this course:

  • Deploy a microservice app using both CLI and YAML
  • Investigate running apps using CLI, logs, and events
  • Test out different local Kubernetes installs like Docker Desktop, microK8s, and minikube
  • Use Stern to view multiple container logs at once
  • Try different load balancer types with Kubernetes Services
  • Troubleshoot container and network performance
  • Create custom labels for controlling load balancer connections
  • Use the new Server Dry Run to test changes with the API
  • Recover from a failed update, and rollback updates to previous versions
  • Test different healthcheck probe types
  • Use various app config options with built-in Kubernetes features
  • Quickly patch YAML with a single command
  • Split up and deploy YAML from git repos using DevOps practices
  • Deploy the Kubernetes Dashboard web GUI securely
  • And so much more…


After taking this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Know when to use Kubernetes for solving real-world problems
  • Step through the proper decisions to make when creating healthchecks
  • Understand how to test healthchecks to ensure they don’t create problems
  • Know when to use different types of app configuration like args, envs, ConfigMaps, and more
  • Design a ConfigMap with the Downward API for more flexible deployments
  • Make Kubernetes YAML manifests and deploy using infrastructure-as-code DevOps methods
  • Protect your keys, TLS certificates, and passwords with encrypted secrets
  • Lead your team into the future with the latest Kubernetes container skills!


Extra things that come with this course:

  • Access to the course Slack team, for getting help/advice from me and other students.
  • Bonus videos I put elsewhere like YouTube, linked to from this course’s resources.
  • Live Q&A with me on YouTube.
  • Tons of reference links to supplement this content.
  • Updates to content as Kubernetes changes the features on these topics.
Who this course is for:
  • Beginner Kubernetes students that want to learn the latest features and patterns for container orchestration
  • Sysadmins, developers, and operators that know some Docker, and want to start using multi-server orchestration
  • Anyone who makes, deploys, or operates software on servers, that already knows container basics

Created by Bret Fisher, Docker Captain Program
Last updated 3/2020

Size: 8.67 GB



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