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Chef is a popular configuration management tool. It has built-in support for Windows and a thriving community providing convenient cookbooks for managing Windows configurations. This Lab will get you up and running with Chef Solo and help you configure a local Windows host on AWS using Chef. You will then explore Chef cookbook dependencies and the Chocolatey Windows package manager. Finally, you will configure the host to serve an Internet Information Services (IIS) website.
Upon completion of this lab you will be able to:
- Install and set up Chef Solo on an AWS Windows VM
- Run Chef recipes with Windows-specific resources
- Use guards to enforce Chef resource idempotence
- Manage Chef cookbook dependencies with Berkshelf
- Configure Microsoft's IIS web server with Chef Solo
You should be familiar with the following:
- Chef concepts
- Working at the command line
- Windows and PowerShell experience are beneficial, but not required
Before completing the lab instructions, the environment will look as follows:
After completing the lab instructions, the environment should look similar to:
February 15th, 2019 - Updated to the latest Windows Server 2016 Amazon Machine Image (AMI)
January 10th, 2019 - Added a validation Lab Step to check the work you perform in the Lab
About the Author
Logan has been involved in software development and research since 2007 and has been in the cloud since 2012. He is an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer, Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA), Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD), Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS), and Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA). He earned his Ph.D. studying design automation and enjoys all things tech.