Chef nodes are the target machines that are managed and configured by Chef. Each node has a unique identity and requires the Chef client to be installed. Administrators define attributes and roles for each node in the Chef server, which determine how the node is configured and what recipes are applied.
To join a node to the Chef infrastructure, administrators bootstrap the node by installing the Chef client and registering it with the Chef server. During the bootstrap process, the node generates a client key that allows it to authenticate with the Chef server securely.
Communication with the Chef server
Once registered, the Chef client on the node communicates with the Chef server to retrieve its configuration instructions. The client periodically converges with the server to ensure that the node’s state aligns with the desired state defined by the Chef server. The Chef client applies the necessary changes to the node’s configuration...