Update on native 64-bit Windows Chef Client


It’s been a while since we had an update on the status of the native 64-bit Windows Chef client

While we have been busy shipping a myriad of new releases and features since Nov, we have not forgotten the 64-bit work! In fact, I’m very happy to report that we now have the 64-bit builds fully integrated into our pipeline, and integration builds are available to try out from the Chef omnitruck. At the moment, the builds are in the current channel (i.e., they have passed acceptance testing, but not declared an official release), and available for anyone to try out.

Here is a Powershell command you can use to download and install the latest 64-bit client build (make sure to execute this from an Administrative Powershell console, from a 64-bit Windows):

. { iwr -useb https://omnitruck.chef.io/install.ps1 } | iex; install -channel current -project chef

This takes us one (huge) step closer to an official release. In the meantime, please try out the build, and make sure to report any issues you find.


Salim Alam
Principal Software Engineer
Chef Inc.

Author Salim Alam

Salim is a Principal Software Engineer at Chef. His current areas of focus are client side deliverables, including Chef Client and Chef DK, particularly on the Windows platforms.

  • spencer owen

    Where’s the best place to report issues?

    PS C:Userssowen> . { iwr -useb https://omnitruck.chef.io/install.ps1 } | iex; install -channel current -project chef

    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : msiexec was not successful. Received exit code 1603

    • Github Issues is the right place, let’s engage there. Thanks!

  • spencer owen

    Or you can bootstrap with the –prerelease option

    knife bootstrap windows winrm -N foobar –prerelease –bootstrap-version 12.7.0-1 -V