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bootstrap (add node) localhost in chef

Problem. Following command line knife bootstrap 127.0.0.1 -r 'recipe[chef-client]' -x user -p password --sudo returns Bootstrapping Chef on 127.0.0.1 WARNING: Failed to connect to 127.0.0.1 -- ...
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What configuration management solutions exist in a non-networked environment?

My servers exist in an environment without outside network connectivity (this is a requirement), so when I deploy updates all packages, binaries, config files, etc. must be included on the delivered ...
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Chef stop and start service in sequence

I have the following lines in my recipe service "apache" do action :stop end # Do something.. service "apache" do action :start end I found that the 2nd block is not executed. Any reason?
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Chef: import definitions from other cookbooks

Basically I have a couple cookbooks I've written, and currently they all have the same definition file copied on each. Obviously this is a bad situation, as it makes adding new cookbooks more ...
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Chef: How do I access AWS opsworks custom json attributes on an ec2 instance?

I'd like to use a chef-shell session on an aws opsworks ec2 server so I can test some environment and instance specific code I'd like to include in a custom recipe. For example, I'd like to see the ...
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What is the correct way to loop in a Chef (solo) recipe?

Can someone please explain to me how chef works? That is a pretty broad question, so to narrow it down I have this very simple recipe that loops over a list of users and creates each one if they do ...
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How to create an EC2 instance with knife?

I was able to make knife access AWS by following: http://www.agileweboperations.com/amazon-ec2-instances-with-opscode-chef-using-knife Now, I get a knife command almost working: $ knife ec2 server ...
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Copy a whole directory structure in Chef

I have a directory structure (sample data) that I want to copy from within a Chef recipe. It seems the only way to do this is to explicitly create each individual directory and file: directory ...
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Running `apt-get upgrade` with Chef Solo

I'm using Chef Solo to provision a Vagrant VM based on Opscode's "Bento" box for Ubuntu 12.04. When it's done provisioning and I SSH in for the first time, the MOTD tells me there are packages and ...
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Chef cookbook dependencies of dependencies

This might be a simple question - I am trying to install a cookbook (gitlab) I cloned the cookbook into a folder on my local drive and ran knife cookbook upload gitlab. Immediately it threw an ...
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Is there a streamlined way to export settings from an existing CentOS 5.10 server for local Vagrant provisioning? (Puppet, Chef, shell, or otherwise)

I've recently started the process of learning how to use Vagrant for spinning up a local development environment. (after getting frustrated with the various WAMP stack options) Vagrant is great so ...
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What permissions in IAM do i need to start EC2 instances with chef knife?

Q1: I am trying to create user in IAM AWS console that has restricted permissions only to start new instances using knife ec2 method. Currently only full access with policy "Amazon EC2 Full access" ...
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Chef Server Migration

A company that I'm contracting with has determined that they need to migrate their Chef (Open-Source Edition) instance to a new server. They do not want to migrate to the Hosted platform. I have not ...
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Two chef nodes (two environments) on one machine

We are resource limited here, and want our qa and staging environments on one machine. We are going to run separate binaries and confs for our app & supporting services. According to chef docs ...
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How to have Chef use a different ip?

I'm using a bridged network on a vagrant VM with chef-client. knife node show test1-vagrant shows an ip address of 10.0.2.15, which is eth0. eth1 is 192.168.1.5, which is what DHCP gave it. How can ...
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Which EC2 instance best for Chef server?

I want to setup chef server as cheaply as possible, while leaving it enough room to run without crashing. The only article I found on the subject warned that RabbitMQ would crash on a micro instance ...
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Setting properties in chef-client.rb

I have a use-case where a chef recipe needs to use 'remote_file' to fetch a file on a virtual, and the fetch needs to be do through an HTTP proxy. This is not working because chef-client doesn't use ...
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Which way is the most 'elegant' way of installing packages with Chef?

I have 3 different ways to install said package, and I prefer option #1 the most, but I wanted to see if there was a reason to use option #2 or 3 or any other options? (My goal of this question is to ...
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RedirectLimitExceeded while running chef client

I'm using for the first time chef solo for provisioning a Windows box created with Vagrant. While trying to apply the sql_server cookbook I get the following error: [2013-11-14T09:41:24+01:00] ...
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Chef = Node Attribute, how to Manage them locally, versioned and then upload them?

i would be greatfull for help. I do not understand at all, how should i manage the Node data locally with my Git versioning system? Exceprt from the Chef Documentation: ...
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What do the default opsworks cookbooks actually do?

The company I'm working for is making a move to AWS and so I've been given the opportunity to start investigating the various services they provide. OpsWorks looks really go for rolling out mass ...
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How to install PHP 5.4 on AWS Opsworks

I'm trying to get php 5.4 running on AWS Opsworks. When I add the "PHP App Server" layer I get the following description "The PHP Application Server layer is a blueprint for instances that function ...
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Why can't “knife data bag from file” find existing json file on chef server?

Summary: I'm running into a problem with "knife data bag from file", where knife doesn't recognize the .json data bag file pulled down from a remote git repo. Background: I'm currently trying to ...
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nagios automation in big scale

I would like to know if you have an experience or any idea about how to set up nagios in big scale. Previously we used nagios and nagiosql for manual settings, it was pretty comfortable for few ...
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Version control of chef nodes and roles

Is it good practice to version control the nodes and roles when using chef? If so, what is a good way to do it? It looks likes one should be able to take a tree of JSON files created using ...
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Chef recipe to install varnish 3.0 on ubuntu lucid?

Here's my problem. I want Varnish 3.0, but Lucid only has the 2.1 package available. So using Chef, I need to make an install recipe that adds the varnish-cache.org repository to the apt sources and ...
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Going from Vagrant in development to chef-solo in production, and getting a “FATAL: NoMethodError: undefined method `delete' for #<Chef::Role” error

So I have a set of cookbooks/roles that are configured to work with vagrant. I am now in the process of deploying an application, and I want to run these identical cookbooks using chef-solo on my ...
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chef's knife non deterministic failture to launch new EC2 instances

I'm using chef's knife to launch new ec2 instances. This works generally well, but every 2-3 attempts it fails and I get the following stack: [Sun, 10 Apr 2011 08:11:23 +0000] INFO: Client key ...
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What is preferred approach to deploy Python app using RPM? [closed]

I am new to the dev-ops side of things, and I've been working to get a Python application packaged into an RPM (using python setup.py bdist_rpm) deployed onto a centos VM via Yum. Chef is used to ...
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How to configure knife and EC2 to create a new instance from the command line?

I am playing with Amazon EC2 to create instance. I was reading here: here in the knife documenation for EC2, that I would need to set: # EC2: knife[:aws_access_key_id] = "Your AWS Access Key" ...
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Chef: How to run a resource on notification only?

I'd like to declare a resource that I want to run multiple times on notification and only on notification. How can I prevent the resource to run on its own after it is declared? Is there some way to ...
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File Caching Proxy Server For Config Management Software (Chef)

I have several servers that I manage with Chef. They all belong to one network and bandwidth among them is big in contrast to bandwidth to outer internet. The problem is: many times there is a need ...
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Using Chef Solo to provision a Windows EC2 instance and bootstrap it

I'm trying to automate our CI process for a couple of .NET apps, and in a perfect world I'd like to spin up a Windows EC2 instance for each, bootstrap the instance to install Chef Solo and then ...
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Upload everything with Knife

Let's say you have a standard Chef repository with directories as follows: cookbooks data_bags environments roles Is there way to upload it all in one go? Otherwise you have to do this: knife ...
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Vagrant: I need a provisioning system with no dependecies

Getting off the ground with a vagrant config. Host is Windows. I have a really simple config, so I wanted to use Ansible, but got this: [default] Running provisioner: ansible... The executable ...
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Is there a way to pass parameters at run time in Chef?

I wanted to pass some attributes to chef-client at runtime. Is there a way to do the same? I was looking into chef-client -j option, but to my knowledge it can be used to specify run_list. Can I pass ...
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Shared files/templates between cookbooks

We have multiple cookbooks which reference the same files and templates and were wondering if there is a reasonable way to ensure all of these are the same file to ensure that none go out of date. An ...
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Vagrant / chef - nginx cookbook extend

I am fairly new to using chef, particularly with vagrant so this will most likely be a silly question to the more experienced users out there. I am using this cookbook: ...
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new user with authorized_keys: how to NOT ask for the old password when setting one?

when I create a user in the system with Chef, I always upload its public key to .ssh/authorized_keys. When user logs in for the first time, he is required to "change" his password. For that a stub ...
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Opscode Chef Ohai plugin - How to get a custom plugin to run automatically?

The Ohai docs are incomplete. Here's what I've been able to do so far: I've created a custom plugin that adds one piece of node data called "my_custom_data" it works when I load it manually in IRB ...
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How to create hash or yml from top level attributes values of node?

I have a chef recipe where I want to take all of the attributes under node['cfn']['environment'] and write them to a yml file. I could do something like this (it works fine): content = { ...
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Migrate from enterprise chef to open source chef

I tested out Enterprise Chef and its 5 free nodes. Since then, I have setup the open source chef and want to migrate three nodes from the enterprise setup to the open source server. Aside from just ...
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Running “sudo chef-client” does not update with latest version of cookbook

Here's the situation: I have a recipe that I've been working on to install monit and install a custom monit configuration. That configuration has changed the past couple of days. I have a chef ...
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Customizing Chef cookbooks

I am trying to setup Munin using Chef, and I'm not sure where to put the customizations that are needed. For example, the documentation on Github says to add munin_plugin 'plugin_name', in the ...
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Is it worth it to do revision control/puppet/etc. on a single-server-setup?

After reading Using revision control for server configuration files?, I decided to install etckeeper on my server. However, it's a one-server setup, so I only have one physical machine and no load ...
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Service doesn't start when using chef

I've written a script which I trigger as a service. When I call service myservice start the service starts fine. However, when the same service is triggered using chef, the service doesnt start. My ...
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keeping chef data bags on server in sync via git repository

I recently started using chef and I love it for provisioning my vagrant boxes and quickly spawning new machinges. Now I started using a hosted chef server. It's pretty easy to manage my cookbooks ...
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Chef Error “RuntimeError: Please save server before accessing metadata”

I'm trying to create a new server on the Rackspace Cloud using Chef and I keep coming across this error in Chef: RuntimeError: Please save server before accessing metadata Any ideas?
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Create/Update apache virtualhost on the same node for diff subdomains using Chef server?

I've two applications to deploy/run using chef on a single node under the same domain/subdomain. One is a Rails app and another is a Wordpress app. The Rails app will reside as the main app at say ...
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chef assign elastic ip to instance

I am using a custom bash script to spin up/down EC2 instances as needed. The script creates the instance similar to: knife ec2 server create --config .chef/knife.rb with a few other parameters. It ...