What’s in an endpoint? Managing laptops with Chef

For over 11 years Chef customers and community have trusted us to manage their infrastructure and servers, so it should be no surprise that you can also manage desktops and laptops just as effectively by using Chef Effortless Infrastructure Suite. Chef on Chef for desktop (or laptop) management Chef itself has transitioned to using our […]

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Packaging COTS Applications for Windows

Habitat application packaging typically falls into one of two main categories: Packaging applications built from source code developed in-house or available via open source. Packaging commercial off the shelf (COTS) applications usually purchased from a third party vendor. Habitat plan development patterns and issues to be considered at build and run time vary greatly between […]

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A Plan for Microsoft SQL Server

If you develop or support applications on Windows, chances are that you have crossed paths or even worked deeply with Microsoft’s SQL Server database. In the 14 years I spent as a .Net developer, its by far the database I worked with most extensively. I’ve been using MySQL for all of my .Net Habitat demos […]

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Packaging a .Net Windows Service Application

This post will demonstrate how to package a .Net Windows service application using Habitat. A Windows service application provides some interesting challenges to Habitat packaging because the application process is ultimately controlled by the Windows Service Control Manager (SCM). It runs outside of the Habitat Supervisor process tree. It also requires some initial setup when […]

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Running Habitat as a Windows Service

You can now run Habitat on Windows as a Windows Service. This is the recommended way to run a Windows Habitat production environment. All of the Windows service functionality resides in a new package core/windows-service. This includes a small C# program that implements the service loop that starts and stops the Habitat service and redirects […]

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Habitat on Windows!

We are pleased to announce that the latest release of Habitat – v0.25.0 – brings Habitat to Windows! This functionality has been evolving steadily for the last several months and has been available in various pieces along the way. Perhaps you have seen my demo showing where we were back in March. Well with v0.25.0, […]

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Getting Ready for Chef + PowerShell DSC

Today we’d like to share the Supermarket debut of the PowerShell DSC cookbook for Chef, an early preview of Chef integration with PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) on Windows. This cookbook allows you to author recipes using any DSC resources available on your system, seamlessly surfacing them as Chef resources you can use in your cookbooks. Integration […]

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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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