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Protect Chef config when a node is compromised

Imagine that one node of a system gets compromised. If I understand correctly hacker will be able to get all configs for all servers in a system using chef's API. Is that correct? If yes, is there a ...
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Any way to re-run the chef-solo provisioner on a packer built machine?

I'm building VirtualBox machines using Packer and the chef-solo provisioner. Is there a way to re-run chef from within the VM as recipes are updated without needing to re-run packer build?
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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-shell as chef-client in chef-zero mode (local mode)

Can I run chef-shell as chef-client when my chef-client is running in chef-zero (chef-local) mode? The parameter used to run chef-client in zero mode is -z. However using -z with chef-shell just ...
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What's the difference between Chef Cookbooks and Chef Roles?

My current understanding: You can add a recipe to a client. A recipe can contain other recipes. You can add a role to a client. A role can contain other roles and recipes. Then what's the ...
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Chef: mongodb::user_management failing in aws opsworks with “NameError: uninitialized constant Mongo::MongoClient”

I have been using the mongodb cookbook successfully to create user accounts for months but recently something has changed and I can't figure out what it is. The default recipe completes without ...
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Managing thousands of machines with approval controls [closed]

We are a startup that is just getting up to speed and running into the problem of managing hundreds of machines, and having to do nightly and weekly releases to all of them as well as managing their ...
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chef remote_directory permissions

I have checked https://docs.chef.io/resource_remote_directory.html and http://joerussbowman.tumblr.com/post/58241535331/chef-remote-directory-is-basically first of all. chef-client version 12.2.1 ...
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When is it appropriate to use a configuration manager (eg Puppet / Chef / Ansible)?

At my current workplace, I look after two VMware host machines, an OpenBSD physical machine, three Debian VM's, and six Windows Server VM's (2008/2012). I'm considering implementing a configuration ...
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Chef: Cookbook website not found

I've been following several guides and read thru documentation trying to get knife-solo to provision a VM for me. Knife solo will work with Berkshelf (used to manage a library of chef cookbooks), so ...
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CentOS7 - Chef(open source) setup error

Been wrestling with setting up a chef-server at the moment on CentOS7. chef-admin seems to be doing fine. I "(1) sudo wget https://opscode-omnibus-packages.s3.amazonaws.com/el/6/x86_64/chef-server-11....
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Centralized ubuntu update server [closed]

I am in the process of configuring a Central Update Server so we can better manage the security updates on our ubuntu based cloud servers. Here is my plan so far Install apt-mirror on cloud instance ...
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Error 'you must supply a name when declaring a config resouce' when deploying a rails app to OpsWorks

When moving a rails app from engine yard to OpsWorks, I am getting the following error: Error executing action `deploy` on resource 'deploy[{{ app path }}]' you must supply a name when declaring a ...
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Knife upload data bag fails with Chef::ChefFS::FileSystem::OperationNotAllowedError

I am currently doing the Chef tutorials provided at learn.chef.io. In the fourth workshop, one of the steps is to create some data bags and then upload them using: knife upload data-bags/vhosts The ...
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Sharing Chef Server with Apache

I have a server that shares multiple web based applications for our entire development team. This server has both chef-server and apache installed. Unfortunately, the nginx server that chef installs ...
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Chef cookbook execution not working step by step

My recipe config looks like this: package "scribe" do action :install end package "supervise-scripts" do action :install end remote_directory "/var/service/" do source "#{node['site-scribe']...
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Deploying applications in sets with chef

I am new to chef and planning to implement it in our production environment. We are planning to use chef to maintaining the system state/configuration and as well as for application deployment. ...
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Why does Web Platform installer try to repair itself every 40 mins?

I'm seeing Web Platform installer do a repair/reinstall on my win 2008 r2 server (Build: 7601: Service Pack 1). Web Platform installer has been initially installed on this machine via chef (the 'iis' ...
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How I can Add variables to PHP.ini using chef

I am using redis into my project using chef. We are creating server automation, so everything is done using chef recipe's only. I have installed php-redis using chef. Now I need to add two variables ...
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Invalid Redirect error when trying to create user in Chef Server 12

When I try to create a user in Chef Enterprise Server, I am getting an error sudo chef-server-ctl user-create admin m n ******@i&&&.com chefrocks --filename admin.pem ERROR: ...
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Add a group to a group with Chef on Windows

I'm trying to manage a Windows server with chef, and need to create some users, add them to a group, and add that group to another group. user 'test.user' do password 'password' action ...
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Server Snapshot Capture For Cloning [closed]

I have a situation and would love to hear your suggestions. Situation: I have a server that is hosting several important workflow applications on cloud. Changes are made to few add-ons apps on the ...
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Rollout approach for centOS/RHEL linux servers to achieve centralised authentication through AD

We have 3 environments testing develop and production each having more than 40 Linux servers. Need to establish centralized authentication through AD for all these environment. Which is the best ...
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Berksfile source doesn't recognize self-hosted Chef server

I have a self-hosted Chef server. I can knife upload to that server, and otherwise interact with it. Therefore, my knife.rb works fine. I have recently parameterized a cookbook in order to make it the ...
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Connection refused while setting up Chef Server 11 on Ubuntu 14

I just spun up an Ubuntu 14.04 VM on HPCloud.com to practice Chef. Following this turial I setup a DNS on HPCloud, as well as set the hostname in /etc/hosts to chef-server.mydomain.com When ...
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Integrating Foreman 1.7.1 with Chef12

I am trying to integrate a new Foreman 1.7.1 with a new Chef 12 server. I've installed them both and I wish to integrate it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtR0mCeisbs will be my inspiration). I ...
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Ruby/Chef include_recipe and know variables from parent file?

I am trying to use a local variable in an included file. I get the error that's it's not defined. I am not sure a way to do this, do you? I have a recipe folder with: recipes/ development.rb ...
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test-kitchen with Windows guest converging fails with WinRMAuthorizationError

I'm trying to get test-kitchen working with a guest Windows VM. I've followed a lot of Matt Wrock's excellent blog posts. I've set up a working Windows Vagrant box, used the right test-kitchen and ...
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How can I get the correct client.pem file on a bootstrapped Windows Azure VM?

I'm really struggling to bootstrap a Windows VM in Azure using knife azure. I have my image and I've created the winrm firewall rule and configured winrm per the instructions. The machine spins up ...
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Chef-client not updating a cookbook from the server

I have a chef cookbook (for apache2). It fails to work on one node. So I'm trying to tweak it and update it, but the node doesn't seem to download the new version. I have been able to upload ...
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Chef Server 12 reconfigure fails with RabbitMQ

After installing Chef Server 12 on CentOS 6.5 everything went well but now I've removed the premium addons that I've installed manually (using RPMs) there is an issue with RabbitMQ: *It might be ...
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Chef - Automatically add nodes to chef server

How would you configure a VM so that it will automatically register with a chef server? I know that I could use knife bootstrap, however that is very tedious if you are starting dozens of servers at ...
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Cannot kitchen init as non-root

I am trying to use test-kitchen, a tool to test chef (etc) cookbooks with virtual machines. However when following the guide and doing kitchen init --driver=kitchen-vagrant, I get the following error:...
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Is it okay to delete .git directory in AWS OpsWorks S3 deployment?

I'm using AWS OpsWorks S3 deployment for quite some time. Suddenly the deployment fails. When I checked the instance, it turns out the disk is full. When I checked the release path inside the /srv/www/...
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opsworks/chef databag where to put the json file?

Hello I'm reading this howto: https://github.com/imoglobe/opsworks-cookbooks/blob/master/user/README.md but it does not mention where to put the data bag in the cookbook with the list of users in json ...
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Can't use chef-zero with vagrant files

I have a Vagrant (1.7.2) set up with 2 vms. I want to use chef (latest version now 12?) to provision them. I am trying to get one to be a nagios server and the other to be a machine monitored with ...
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Chef node.name not being set

What I am working with: Debian Wheezy 7.6 Chef: 11.14.6 Up to this point, I have always used node.name to set the hostname of an instance. Example: { "name": "web-01", "chef_environment": "...
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knife cookbook site downland with all dependencies

I'm just starting out with chef, and I'm following http://gettingstartedwithchef.com. One thing it suggests is using knife cookbook site download $COOKBOOK_NAME to get community cookbooks. However ...
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Is there a way to update attributes files directly in chef server without uploading cookbook again

I am using hosted chef environment in windows.I need to update the attribute file during each chef client run. Currently ,I update it manually and upload the cookbook in chef server.Is there any way ...
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Chef Server 12 installing Chef Client 11

I have a master machine I just upgraded from Chef 11 to Chef 12, but when I go to create a new EC2 node it want to install client 11.18 instead of 12.01 or 12.03. I'm not sure if that's causing the ...
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Can Chef AWS cookbook query EC2 instance tags?

Chef has the official AWS cookbook (https://github.com/opscode-cookbooks/aws), which allows for spinning up of AWS resources, as well as updating of resource tags. Can the custom resources introduced ...
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Chef Issue bootstrapping windows VM using winrm via https

Chef Server(RHEL 6.5): 11.16.4 Windows endpoint: Windows 2008 The bootstrapping works fine over http (with winrm config allowUnEncrypeted = true and basic auth = true). Now we are trying same thing ...
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Requires to reboot a linux machine only if the new kernel is install/update

we have an use case where we need to reboot a linux machine only if the new kernel version is installed/upgraded through yum_package. currently I am using chef-solo for running this. ruby_block '...
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Chef: 'search' not finding nodes by role on dev

I'm working on spinning up a cluster of nodes. In myrepo/cookbooks/mycookbook/.kitchen.yml I have driver: name: vagrant provisioner: name: chef_zero roles_path: '../../roles' ...
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Chef-client --local-mode returning zero-length file

I am switching from chef-solo to chef-client -z (--local-mode) for running chef on my machines because of an issue that I've seen recently with chef-solo in version 12. I have one spot in one of my ...
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Chef Installation Error - Error executing action `run` on resource

I am trying install chef (chef-server_11.0.4-1.ubuntu.12.04) on ubuntu 12.04.5 64 bit. After the installation, when I run "chef-server-ctl reconfigure" getting following error. let me know how to ...
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Chef - SSH without password

When executing: knife bootstrap {{IP}} --ssh-user centos --ssh-password '' \ --sudo --use-sudo-password --node-name node1 \ --run-list 'recipe[learn_chef_httpd]' I am getting the following error: ...
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Knife Vsphere Password Plain text

I'm using the knife-vsphere plugin for chef to interact with our vsphere hosts. As part of the config for the knife-vsphere plugin it seems that you have to enter a plain text password which I think ...
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Real-time integration with Chef Server

We have a set of Chef servers whose node data we integrate with data outside of Chef. Currently we use a batch sync process to read nodes out of Chef and then push the data into the data integration ...
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Ansible, Chef, Puppet or ____ : Which has the strongest Windows support and smallest init footprint

We do mostly (but not exclusively) win servers. Preferably, we can start the OS and do little or nothing to it to make it ready to receive commands (we know we may need to create a base image with ...