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Chef Cookbooks for managing the SmartOS Global Zone
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Latest commit d9e3267 Ben Rockwood Switched README to proper markdown format.


Chef Cookbooks and tools for use with SmartOS.

This is intended for management of the Global Zone, not SmartMachines (Non-Global Zones). For cookbooks and tools to be used with SmartMachines/NGZ's, please see the joyent/smartmachine_cookbooks repository instead.

For details about how to use this repository, please refer to


  • cookbooks: Indivial SmartOS cookbooks. The "smartos" cookbook itself is considered the primary cookbooks applied to all nodes and should be the first one included in the run_list.
  • knife_bootstrap: Bootstrap templates for Knife.
  • nodes: Chef node attribute files.
  • smf: SmartOS SMF XML manifests for Chef Solo & Chef Client
  • scripts: Chef Solo bootstrap scripts to simplify deployment.

For Chef Solo users, a Makefile is included to transfer the contents of the repsitory to a web server for distribution.


These tools and cookbooks are unofficial and not supported by Joyent or its partners. Please use at your own risk.


  • Make fat client bootstrap more verbose (add echos), make pkgsrc bootstrap less verbose.
  • Sanitize and include LDAP Client cookbook
  • LWRP for managing images (imgadm)
  • LWRP improvements for user management
  • LWRP improvements for SMF management
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