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Using vagrant and chef to setup a Windows VM in Ubuntu

I'm running Ubuntu and I want to setup a VM in Virtualbox via Vagrant and Chef. I think what I'm missing is a .box for the Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 trial I have. Does anyone know where I could ...
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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and were wondering if there is a reasonable way to ensure all of these are the same file to ensure that none go out of date. Is ...
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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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Looking for a Backup/Recreate Solution

I have 2 crucial servers that are running an unsupported & ancient version of Linux, and there's currently no disaster plan for them. I want to set up a backup system for them, and be able to ...
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Deploy an AWS Auto Scaling groups using Chef Server

You can, for example, to deploy an an Auto Scaling groups consists of web severs, ELB and DB using AWS CloudFormation (with Chef server): ...
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Can you use configuration management (Puppet/Chef) behind a firewall?

I'm tasked with designing and implementing configuration management (Chef) for a infrastructure where the production servers are completely segmented and isolated behind a jump box. ...
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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to check if chef databag exists?

I want to check if there is a slaves databag. If there is one, and it contains data then I want to execute an action for every slave. I have the following code: slaves = data_bag('slaves') if ...
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chef-solo vs chef-client --local-mode

According to the document I should replace chef-solo by chef-client --local-mode. Local mode was added to the chef-client in the 11.8 release. If you are running that version of the chef-client ...
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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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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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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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why is apt-get install anything is asking to update nginx.conf ? How to fix this using chef?

I was trying to install few packages which are non related to nginx (for example htop) using chef script. But it was failing because its asking to update nginx.conf and nginx/sites-available/default. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to monitor and log Chef server and Chef client response time and network trafiic?

I am very new to Chef Server and Chef Chef client. Also, new to Ruby in which Chef was written. I have a problem monitoring the performance of chef server's response time when Chef client is running ...
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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 'notifies' fails to restart or reload services

I'm using chef-solo v10.12.0 to configure an Ubuntu 12.04 VM, and I keep running into an issue where services don't restart or reload as expected when a configuration file is changed. There are no ...
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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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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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chef-server-webui session not working when access from external IP address

I have installed chef-server on an Ubuntu 12.10 system using the official .deb package for that release. After the installation had finished I run chef-server-ctl test Which reported success, 0 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...