Chef client-server interaction
The Chef client on each node periodically converges with the Chef server to ensure the node’s configuration matches the desired state defined in the Chef server. During convergence, the client retrieves updated cookbooks, attributes, and recipes from the server. It compares the current state of the node with the desired state and makes necessary changes to achieve convergence.
Reporting and monitoring
Chef provides reporting and monitoring capabilities to track the status of the infrastructure and Chef client runs. Administrators can view reports on cookbook versions, node status, and convergence details. This information helps in troubleshooting, auditing, and ensuring compliance with configuration policies:
Figure 14.1 – Chef Dashboard (Source: https://docs.chef.io/manage/)
As you can see, it is very easy to monitor and manage everything from one dashboard.
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