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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Exporting Windows Packages to Docker

Yesterday’s Habitat 0.50.0 release introduces the ability to export a Windows package to a Docker Windows container. This is great for multiple reasons! For starters: You can easily test multi supervisor configurations without provisioning VMs or fiddling with alternate supervisor ports. Habitat becomes a great onboarding path to containerizing your Windows applications. The containerization gives […]

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Windows Container Studio

We launched a Windows Studio earlier this year that provides a “kind of” isolated environment for your Windows Habitat builds. It restricts your path to only include the Windows system root and vital Habitat Studio packages. It also creates a Powershell drive rooted in a separate Habitat Studio filesystem directory. This environment is certainly better […]

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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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