Chef is an open source configuration management framework for infrastructure automation.

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Why use Chef/Puppet over shell scripts?

New to Puppet and Chef tools. Seems like the job that they are doing can be done with shell scripting. Maybe it was done in shell scripts until these came along. I would agree they are more readable. ...
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What are the benefits of running chef-server instead of chef-solo?

I am looking at automated deployment solutions for my team and have been playing with Chef for the past few days. I've been able to get a simple web app up an running from a base Red Hat VM using chef-...
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Best practice for testing chef recipes?

My team has created a large number of chef cookbooks. I was wondering what methods and frameworks I should look into so we can start creating tests to assure that our nodes are configured properly?
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Puppet vs Chef, pro and contra from users and use cases [closed]

I already googled and read the "to-puppet-or-to-chef-that-is-the-question" article. I'm interested in use cases, real world implementations in which people had choosen one or the other on real ...
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Are configuration management tools (Puppet, Chef) capable of keeping installed packages up to date?

This is probably a simple question for those of you already running configuration management tools. Are configuration management tools such as Puppet or Chef the right approach for keeping installed ...
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Configuration management: push versus pull based topology

The more established configuration management (CM) systems like Puppet and Chef use a pull-based approach: clients poll a centralized master periodically for updates. Some of them offer a masterless ...
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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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How to set ulimits for a service starting at boot?

I need, for mysql to use large-pages, to set a ulimit - I've done this in limits.conf. However, limits.conf (pam_limits.so), doesn't get read in for init, only for "real" shells. I solved this before ...
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Knife SSH doesn't find my nodes

knife ssh isn't finding my nodes. I know it should be able to because when I can search for them I find them # knife search node name:* 2 items found Node Name: web_01 ... Node Name: admin ... ...
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How do I provide dpkg configuration parameters to aptitude or apt-get?

When installing gitolite I find that: # aptitude install gitolite The following NEW packages will be installed: gitolite 0 packages upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 29 not upgraded. ...
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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: http://wiki.opscode.com/...
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How to use current cookbook template dir to copy all templates recursively in a loop with chef

I'm trying to figure out how can I construct the path to templates (or files, since it works the same way) folder, then I could read it and use template resource in the loop, so each template file ...
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Check version using Chef

I have a small application installed on a few servers, I wanted to write a quick recipe that will allow me to gather the version number from these servers. This is what I've written: bash "Get app ...
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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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How to force actions on “up to date” resources in Chef?

In the following code, I create a service that I would like to start only after deploying files that it depends upon, and to restart it whenever those files change. This very basic recipe does not ...
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Prevent chef recipe from executing previously executed action?

I have a simple recipe like the following, and currently I am using a local file to indicate if the command has been run or not execute "test" do command "sh test.sh && touch /opt/myapp/...
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How do I “duplicate” a server?

I have a EC2 and Digital Ocean servers and I want to re-create them locally (same config files and everything). By local I mean virtual box (vagrant). I had started out by managing them with Chef but ...