A simple recipe for getting started with Chef Solo server configuration.
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DESCRIPTION:

Uses the Chef configuration management tool, specifically chef-solo to configure a remote server. This is the simplest way to get started with using Chef.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Make sure Chef is installed on the remote server you want to configure. See chef_bootstrap.rb to help.

  • Modify config/chef.json to specify the recipes from the 'cookbooks' dir you want to run

  • Run with 'rake cook server=username@host.domain.com'

HOW IT WORKS:

When you run the 'rake cook' task it will:

  • rsync this entire directory to the location specified in 'REMOTE_CHEF_PATH' in the Rakefile

  • Run chef-solo on the remote machine using the config files in config/ and your cookbooks.

  • Run the 'test' recipe which creates the dir '/tmp/foobarbaz' on the remote machine.

  • Sprinkles magic dust on your server…

CREDITS:

Most of the ideas and code here was cribbed from probablyinteractive.com/2009/3/29/Amazon%20EC2%20+%20Chef%20=%20Mmmmm.html. Just updated to match my understanding of the most recent config. My thanks to the author for giving me an excellent headstart.