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How to start

This is a quick start guide to use Master-Chef with ec2 instances (only on eu-west-1).

Create instance from official AMI

You can click on link above to create instance, using your private key pair.

Bootstrap master-chef

Clone master-chef :

git clone git://

Bootstrap master-chef :

For debian

cat | ssh admin@INSTANCE_IP bash

For ubuntu

cat | ssh ubuntu@INSTANCE_IP bash

This script create a chef account, deploy your ssh key in this account, and bootstrap master-chef.

Enjoy master-chef

SSH the instance

ssh chef@ip_of_created_instance

Run master-chef


How to configure it ? All the master-chef is in the file /etc/chef/local.json. Re-run /etc/chef/ after each local.json modification.

You can find lot of examples here. The description of what these config do is here.

Just one example

A local.json file to install Jenkins.

  "repos": {
    "git": [
  "run_list": [
  "node_config": {

Easy, is'nt it ?


Copyright 2012 Bertrand Paquet / Octo Technology

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