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Learning Chef by Rishabh Sharma, Mitesh Soni

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Introduction to Chef

Chef is an open source configuration management tool developed by the Opscode community in 2008. They launched its first edition in January 2009. Opscode is run by individuals from the data center teams of Amazon and Microsoft. Chef supports a variety of operating systems; it typically runs on Linux, but supports Windows 7 and Windows Server too. Chef is written in Ruby and Erlang, both are real-time programming languages.

The Chef server, workstation, and nodes are the three major components of Chef. The Chef server stores data to configure and manage nodes effectively. A Chef workstation works as a local Chef repository. Knife is installed on a workstation. Knife is used to upload cookbooks to a Chef server. Cookbook is a ...

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