After completing each chapter of this book you will end up with a working example of a Chef setup that you understand

Chef is a configuration-management tool for IT automation. It can manage and automate the entire lifecycle of a software application or service. The use cases of this tool are wide ranging – from building infrastructure

Chef is a configuration-management tool for IT automation. It can manage and automate the entire lifecycle of a software application or service.

The use cases of this tool are wide ranging – from building infrastructure to automating testing and deploying software to monitoring the health of applications. It includes many features such as multi-node management, enterprise-wide resources, data collection, and remote execution.

The platform helps developers work in parallel with different teams by providing high-level tools to create an automated workflow. They provide an easy way to manage releases, test out new features and iterate between them quickly without impacting other projects.

Opscode’s Chef is an automation platform that can manage the complicated task of configuring, deploying and maintaining your infrastructure.

Chef gives you the ability to manage your infrastructure even at scale. It automates configuration management, deployment and maintenance by executing a high-level DSL against your systems. Chef comes packaged with many open source projects to work on different automation needs. Furthermore, for complex tasks, you can always employ the help of an expert or developer through community support resources.

Chef is a very powerful tool that you should use in order to simplify and make your life easier when it comes to managing your own infrastructure.

Opscode is a software development company that specializes in configuration management and automation.

After each chapter in this book, you will have a Chef workflow to follow. Each workflow will end up with a working example of an Opscode deployment.

If you are new to Chef, we recommend that you start with Chapter 0 to get familiar with the basics of the platform and how it works.

Chef is an open-source automation platform written in Ruby. It was introduced in 2005 by the software engineers from Opscode.

Chef’s command line is widely used and it is one of the most popular configuration management tools for automation. There are over 60000 published cookbooks that have been contributed to the community by various developers.

Using Chef, you can manage your infrastructure using recipes. Recipes are simple configurations that describe how to set up a piece of software or a piece of hardware during installation and deployment.

After learning about how Chef has been created, it is time to put the knowledge gained into practice. You will need to create a Chef setup that you understand and have the ability to control.

This book will guide you in setting up a Chef server environment and explore its capabilities. We will cover topics like installing the tools necessary, managing servers with Puppet, and automating environments with Docker.

Opscode is software product that enables the automation of configuration management, infrastructure provisioning, and deployment.

Opscode is an automation platform that speeds up operations by reducing manual steps in the process of installing and configuring systems. It has a broad range of integrations with other products and services like Puppet, Chef, Vagrant, Ansible etc. Opscode Server Automation Platform (ASAP) is a major component of their software product.