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 changing the chef_server_url on each of my three nodes in the client.rb file, is there anything else I need to do to switch these nodes over successfully? Or is there an easier way to handle this?


As the Chef Server stores all the node and client data, cookbooks, and data bags, you have to move that data as well.

You can use knife download / and upload for that task (downloading from enterprise chef, changing URL, uploading to your chef server).

The migration guide from Chef Server 10 to 11 follows pretty much the same principles. This might be helpful, too.

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  • May I suggest the excellent knife-backup gem as well. It can backup all nodes,roles,cookbooks,etc. Locally. Link: github.com/mdxp/knife-backup – Kl4m Aug 22 '14 at 14:35

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