Chad Gibbons recently wrote up a blog post titled Lessons Learned on using Chef from Development to Production. The post describes Chad's experiences in using Chef at AlertLogic. tl;dr - "If you aren’t managing your infrastructure using Chef... you are simply wasting your time."
Over on the puppet labs site, there's a post about Why Puppet has its own configuration language. "... the trade-off in a DSL is that you can do more work in less code, and it's generally far simpler and more approachable to the average user, but it's also less powerful, which means there are some problems they can't be used to solve..."
In episode 23 we talked about OmniOS. Since then, OmniTI's Robert Treat posted on their blog about Why OmniOS. "...limping along with a rotting corpse of Open Solaris wasn’t an option, we needed something that was actively developed and that we could count on for the foreseeable future..."
Whisk is a simple cookbook manager for Chef, inspired by librarian and berkshelf. Unlike these tools, Whisk only concerns itself with fetching and preparing exactly what you tell it, and will not resolve dependencies for you or make any decisions about which code gets downloaded for you.
Mat Schaffer presented on Test Driven Deployment at last night's Philly Devops meetup. He discussed Vagrant, test-kitchen, berkshelf, chefspec, foodcritic, strainer, gurard, and minitest chef handler, you know, all the usual testing subjects. Slides are available on speakerdeck.
Over on the 37 Signals blog there's a new post about how they've tuned their nagios to improve performance. Nagios with Chef can lead to lots of checks which can lead to lots of load on your monitoring server. Read the post for some insight into how 37 Signals improved performance on their monitoring servers.
The first release candidate of Chef 10.14.0 is out. This release adds the why-run feature as well as output formatters. Check the mailing list for the announcement.
- Chef-BOSTON will be meeting on Tuesday, August 28 to talk about Team Development Workflows with Chef
- The Bay Area Chef User Group will host another Chef Cafe on Thursday, September 6
- Bryan McLellan(http://twitter.com/btmspox) will be presenting at the Nagios World Conference North America in September. He'll be discussing Configuring Chef with Nagios.
- Do you know someone who needs help getting started with Chef? Be sure to use listen to the episode for a discount code for upcoming Opscode Workshops.
John Dewey is back with even more cookbooks to install common utilities.
- sysstat v1.2.0 - retr0h Installs/Configures sysstat
- tree v1.1.0 - retr0h Installs/Configures tree
- socat v1.1.0 - retr0h John Dewey Installs/Configures socat
Escape Studios Development has released