Managing infrastructure with Chef
Node bootstrapping is the process of preparing a target machine to be managed by Chef. It involves installing the Chef client and registering the node with the Chef server. Bootstrapping can be done manually or automated using tools like knife, which is a command-line utility provided by Chef.
Chef enables administrators to define and manage the configuration of infrastructure components using cookbooks and recipes. Administrators can specify the desired state of each resource, and Chef ensures that the node’s configuration converges to that state. Configuration management includes tasks such as installing packages, managing files and directories, configuring services, and setting up networking.