This section outlines the steps to getting your own fully functional Chef Server installed and configured. There are two other primary ways to use Chef, which we will not discuss: Chef solo (local installation missing some features), or using a hosted Chef environment from Opscode. This section assumes that you will be installing the Chef Server on a Linux-based system. With some work it can be installed on other operating systems (notably systems like Unix) and possibly even on Microsoft Windows (assuming all the dependencies were available), but these are not officially supported platforms for the Chef Server.

Getting Chef installed

Before we start installing software it would be good to know what components are going to be installed ...

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