Welcome to the Instant Chef Starter. This book has been written to provide you, the reader, with all the information needed to install and operate your own Chef Server to use for maintaining system infrastructure. You will learn what Chef is, how to install it yourself, provision some common server configurations, and write your own recipes as well as work with some advanced Chef concepts.
This book contains the following sections:
So, what is Chef? – find out what Chef is, what you can do with it, and why it's indispensable for anyone who manages more than one server. We will discuss the major components of Chef, the services that it runs, the terminologies and concepts, why it exists, and how it works.