Chef Roles Aren’t Evil

“If roles are evil, what about Al-Qaeda?” You may laugh, but this is an actual quote from a session at the Opscode Community Summit this year. I want to dive deeper into the community’s apparent dislike for roles in Chef, explain why I think they are still useful, and outline some design patterns for using […]

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Cooking on Windows with Chef

Chef has had a long history of support for Microsoft Windows as a platform, dating back to 2011 when Opscode first released the knife-windows plugin to bootstrap and manage Windows servers. You can use both built-in Chef resources and a plethora of community cookbooks to manage Internet Information Services (IIS), SQL Servers and their databases, […]

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Packt Publishing releases “Instant Chef Starter” book

Packt Publishing has just released “Instant Chef Starter” by John Ewart, another installment in Packt’s “Instant” series of short topics in programming and system administration. The book is attractively priced at $7.99 for the eBook format. It’s also well edited and a quick read at 70 pages. The book’s format is quite logical, starting from […]

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