The Chef is one of the most popular configuration tools in the open source world. We discussed Chef briefly in Chapter 1 , Getting Started-DevOps Concepts, Tools, and Technology.
Let's get hands-on with provisioning instances and configuration management. However, before that, we will need to understand the basics.
There are three major components of Chef:
The open source Chef server or hosted Chef: The Chef server or hosted Chef is the pivotal component, which stores cookbooks and other important details of registered nodes. It is used to configure and manage nodes using Chef workstations.
Chef workstations: A Chef workstation works as a local repository, and the knife plugin is installed on it. Knife is used to upload cookbooks to the Chef server and execute plugin commands.
Node: A node is a physical or virtual machine in any environment where we need to configure runtime environments or perform operations using Chef configuration. The node communicates with the...