Installing Software Packages In Windows Using Chef

A large number of managed systems require configuration of software that is outside the scope of the built-in Windows roles and features. Chef has a very handy resource for installing arbitrary software onto a Windows host through the windows_package resource, which behaves somewhat like the Linux-based package resource only for Windows-specific installations. The windows_package resource is capable of installing software … read the rest

Chef Windows Installing Roles

While using Chef for Windows, there are multiple backends for the Windows feature resourceDISM and servermanagercmd. Each one has a specific Ruby class that will be used based on the determined backend as follows:

  • Chef::Provider::WindowsFeature::DISM: This uses DISM to manage roles/features (default unless DISM is not present)
  • Chef::Provider::WindowsFeature::ServerManagerCmd: This uses Server Manager to manage roles/features (the fallback
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Windows Resources for Chef

When managing Windows with Chef, there are some Windows-specific resources that are available to you as part of the Windows stack. This section covers those resources that are specific to Windows such as the Windows Registry, roles, MSIs, and so on; the ones that won’t be available on Linux systems.

Working with Windows-specific resources

Most systems administrators, managing Windows means … read the rest

Installing Chef Client on Windows

Chef is a very popular infrastructure automation framework. It is also getting popular in windows based environment. Installing Chef Client on Windows is sometime a challenge for developer. In order to install the Chef client on Windows, there are three basic options to be performed, as follows:

  • Use the knife-windows plugin to bootstrap the host as described previously.
  • Download and
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Chef and Microsoft Windows

Chef and Microsoft Windows are getting very popular. As chef practitioner, you must learn how chef works on Microsoft Windows. As you know that the client-side components of Chef are written in Ruby. Ruby is a cross-platform by nature, thus support for Windows is as straightforward as support for Linux and UNIX-like systems. It has been around for quite some … read the rest

Apache Spark

Apache Spark is an exciting technology that is rapidly superseding Hadoop’s MapReduce as the preferred big data processing platform. Hadoop is an open source, distributed, Java computation framework consisting of the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and MapReduce, its execution engine. Spark is similar to Hadoop in that it’s a distributed, general-purpose computing platform. But Spark’s unique design, which allows for … read the rest