Installing the AWS CodeDeploy Agent with Chef
In the previous post, we learned how to use the power of AWS CodeDeploy to orchestrate chef-solo. It took the perspective of having half of your dependencies already installed – namely, the CodeDeploy agent. For this post, we'll look at it from a different angle: the CodeDeploy host agent isn't installed yet, but you have a pre-existing Chef environment running on Amazon EC2 instances.
Setup and Preconditions
The post below makes a few assumptions about your environment that may or may not be true. First and foremost is that you have a working Chef environment. We'll assume that you've worked through your own workflow for managing that environment and your chef-repo. If you are still new to Chef, their documentation has a lot of very helpful information: http://docs.getchef.com
AWS CodeDeploy Host Agent Cookbook
We've built a custom Chef cookbook to help ease the process of installing the CodeDeploy agent. You
can download that cookbook
To install the CodeDeploy agent, simply download the linked archive, copy the codedeploy-agent
directory into your chef-repo, and add
recipe[codedeploy-agent] to your run list. If you just want
to test this out with a chef-solo instance, we've included a sample configuration for you.
The cookbook has three simple steps:
- Download the package for the CodeDeploy host agent.
- Install the agent.
- Start the agent.