Chef is a systems and cloud infrastructure automation framework that makes it easy to deploy servers and applications to any physical, virtual, or cloud location, no matter the size of the infrastructure. Each organization is comprised of one (or more) workstations, a single server, and every node that will be configured and maintained by the chef-client. Cookbooks (and recipes) are used to tell the chef-client how each node in your organization should be configured. The chef-client (which is installed on every node) does the actual configuration.
From the beginning: An Overview of Chef | About Workstations | About the Chef Server | About Nodes | About Cookbooks | About Attributes | About Resources and Providers | About LWRPs (Custom Resources) | About Knife | About Chef for Windows | About Containers
Using Ruby: Just Enough Ruby for Chef
Learn Chef: Get started
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Knife: About Knife | Common Options | Working with Knife — Commands: bootstrap | client | configure | cookbook | cookbook site | data bag | delete | deps | diff | download | edit | environment | exec | list | node | raw | recipe list | role | search | serve | show | ssh | ssl check | ssl fetch | status | tag | upload | user | xargs — Single Page: Knife Reference | Knife Quick Reference (image)
The Chef development kit defines a common workflow for cookbook development, including unit and integration testing, identifying lint-like behavior, dedicated tooling, and more:
Install: Install the chef-dk
The Chef server acts as a hub for configuration data. The Chef server stores cookbooks, the policies that are applied to nodes, and metadata that describes each registered node that is being managed by the chef-client. Nodes use the chef-client to ask the Chef server for configuration details, such as recipes, templates, and file distributions. The chef-client then does as much of the configuration work as possible on the nodes themselves (and not on the Chef server). This scalable approach distributes the configuration effort throughout the organization.
Manage Server: Runbook (all manage tasks in a single topic) — Shorter topics: Backup and Restore | Server Data | Firewalls and Ports | High Availability | Logs | Active Directory and LDAP | Monitor | Organizations, Groups, and Users | Replication | Security | Services | Server Tuning
The server acts as a repository for all of the data that may be needed by the chef-client while it configures a node:
Chef Analytics is an analytics platform that provides visibility into what is happening on the server. It runs on separate hardware from the Chef server and consists of several components:
The Recipe DSL: About the Recipe DSL — Methods: attribute? | cookbook_name | control | control_group | data_bag | data_bag_item | platform? | platform_family? | reboot_pending | recipe_name | registry_data_exists? | registry_get_subkeys | registry_get_values | registry_has_subkeys? | registry_key_exists? | registry_value_exists? | resources | search | shell_out | shell_out! | shell_out_with_systems_locale | tag | tagged? | untag | value_for_platform | value_for_platform_family | Windows Platform Helpers
Resources: About Resources | Common Functionality — Resources: apt_package | bash | batch | bff_package | breakpoint | chef_gem | chef_handler | cookbook_file | cron | deploy | directory | dpkg_package | dsc_resource | dsc_script | easy_install_package | env | erl_call | execute | file | gem_package | git | group | homebrew_package | http_request | ifconfig | link | log | mdadm | mount | ohai | openbsd_package | package | powershell_script | reboot | registry_key | remote_directory | remote_file | route | rpm_package | ruby_block | script | service | subversion | template | user | windows_package | windows_service | yum_package — Single Page: Resources and Providers