Set up a Patch Management System Using Chef Automate

How does Chef handle patch management? The short answer is: it depends. For some organizations, patch management is simply a matter of running vendor-recommended updates on a fairly regular interval, while having the flexibility to install on-demand updates as vulnerabilities like 0-days require. For others, environments must be entirely air gapped, and multiple internal repositories and […]

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Test Ohai Plugins with ChefSpec and InSpec

You can test your custom Ohai plugins with ChefSpec using the chefspec-ohai gem, and with InSpec in Test Kitchen. This frees you from the traditionally difficult task of debugging a failing Ohai plugin. In this post, I’ll focus solely on testing an Ohai plugin. If you are interested in a complete tutorial that walks through the process of […]

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Arista and the Chef Partner Cookbook Program

I’d like to announce that Arista is now part of the Chef Partner Cookbook Program. They have certified the EOS Cookbook which manages the configuration of EOS network devices. Arista Networks was founded to pioneer and deliver software-driven cloud networking solutions for large data center storage and computing environments. Arista’s award-winning platforms, ranging in Ethernet […]

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Icinga and the Chef Partner Cookbook Program

We’re happy to announce that Icinga is now part of the Chef Partner Cookbook Program. They have certified the Icinga2 Cookbook which allows you to install and configure Icinga2 and the corresponding web interface Icingaweb2. Icinga2 Icinga2 is an open-source tool for monitoring and metric collection. Its configuration is object based and rule-driven. Therefore, it enables […]

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Creating a Docker container Host on Windows Nano Server with Chef

This post was originally published by Matt Wrock on his blog, “Hurry Up and Wait: Tales from an automation engineer.” This week Microsoft launched the release of Windows Server 2016 along with its ultra light headless deployment option – Nano Server. The Nano server images are many times smaller than what we have come to expect from a Windows […]

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Introducing Developer Certificate of Origin

Hello Chefs!  Currently, Chef asks each contributor to a Chef-managed open source project to sign a contributor license agreement (“CLA”) or to be part of a corporate contributor license agreement (“CCLA”) signed by their employer. We’ve justified this in the past because (i) it ensures that we will always be able to release our projects, […]

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