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Automatically configures system DNS using Dyn's API.


Chef 0.8+.

A Dynect account.

The dynect_rest gem. The dynect::default recipe installs this gem from gemcutter.

Works on any platform Chef runs on that can install gems from


The following attributes need to be set either in a role or on a node directly, they are not set at the cookbook level:

  • dynect.customer - Customer ID
  • dynect.username - Username
  • dynect.password - Password
  • - Zone
  • dynect.domain - Domain

Example JSON:

  "dynect": {
    "customer": "CUSTOMER",
    "username": "USERNAME",
    "password": "PASSWORD",
    "zone": "ZONE",
    "domain": "DOMAIN"

EC2 specific attributes:

  • dynect.ec2.type - type of system, web, db, etc. Default is 'ec2'.
  • dynect.ec2.env - logical application environment the system is in. Default is 'prod'.



DNS Resource Record.


Applies to the DNS record being managed.

  • :create
  • :replace
  • :update
  • :delete

Attribute Parameters:

  • record_type - DNS record type (CNAME, A, etc)
  • rdata - record data, see the Dyn API documentation.
  • ttl - time to live in seconds
  • fqdn - fully qualified domain name
  • username - dyn username
  • password - dyn password
  • customer - dyn customer id
  • zone - DNS zone

None of the parameters have default values.


dynect_rr "webprod" do
  record_type "A"
  rdata({"address" => ""})
  fqdn "webprod.#{node.dynect.domain}"
  customer node[:dynect][:customer]
  username node[:dynect][:username]
  password node[:dynect][:password]
  zone     node[:dynect][:zone]


This cookbook provides the following recipes.


The default recipe installs Adam Jacob's dynect_rest gem during the Chef run's compile time to ensure it is available in the same run as utilizing the dynect_rr resource/provider.


Only use this recipe on Amazon AWS EC2 hosts!

The dynect::ec2 recipe provides an example of working with the Dyn API with EC2 instances. It creates CNAME records based on the EC2 instance ID (node.ec2.instance_id), and a constructed hostname from the dynect.ec2 attributes.

The recipe also edits resolv.conf to search compute-1.internal and the dynect.domain and use dynect.domain as the default domain, and it will set the nodes hostname per the DNS settings.


The dynect::a_record recipe will create an A record for the node using the detected hostname and IP address from ohai.


Information on the Dynect API:

Dynect REST Ruby Library:


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