My Experience with Chef, Redux
[Chef] (http://opscode.com “Chef”) isn’t SO horrible. Here is the running list of things I’ve done to get it working from a client perspective.
If you use the omnibus installer (from the opscode site as opposed to apt/yum) you can’t just use Gem to install things. There seems to be a disconnect between the ruby runtime the knife command uses and the gems repository your system normally uses. Instead, you need to use the embedded gem command as follows (this example demonstrates installing the knife-ec2 gem):
sudo /opt/chef/embedded/bin/gem install knife-ec2
Getting knife.rb Right
Here is my knife.rb for Amazon AWS:
log_level :info log_location STDOUT node_name 'admin' client_key '/home/ubuntu/.chef/admin.pem' validation_client_name 'chef-validator' validation_key '/home/ubuntu/.chef/chef-validator.pem' chef_server_url 'https://REDACTED.compute-1.amazonaws.com' syntax_check_cache_path '/home/ubuntu/.chef/syntax_check_cache' cookbook_path ["~/chef-repo/cookbooks"] cookbook_copyright "REDACTED" cookbook_email "[email protected]" cookbook_license "none" knife[:aws_ssh_key_id] = 'REDACTED-chef' knife[:availability_zone] = 'us-east-1b' knife[:region] = 'us-east-1' knife[:aws_access_key_id] = 'REDACTED' knife[:aws_secret_access_key] = 'REDACTED'
About the author
Brooks Garrett is a dedicated technologist who specializes in information security. Brooks has spent over 10 years implementing security programs for both the public and private sector including some of the biggest names in the Fortune 500. When he's not managing risk in the corporate environment you can find him at the local firestation where he is a volunteer firefighter.