Managing Windows Servers with Chef
By John Ewart
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: May 2014
Pages: 110

In Detail

This book begins with an introduction to the functionality and benefits of using Chef to manage Windows systems. From there, you are shown an overview of the Chef architecture and how to prepare a Windows host so that it can be managed by Chef, followed by an example of writing code to install a popular .NET application with Chef.

This book looks at how Windows system administrators can effectively leverage Chef as an automated system management tool to simplify their lives through managed infrastructure. Included are practical examples that will help you to understand how to take advantage of Chef when managing your infrastructure.

By the end of the book, you will be able to deploy software, provision hosts (including cloud servers), develop and test recipes for multiple platforms, and manage Windows hosts using the powerful tools that Chef provides.


This is a guide to automating Windows infrastructures using Chef, from the big picture through to hands-on examples.

Who this book is for

This book is designed for systems administrators who have had some exposure to Chef and are interested using it to manage their Windows-based systems. Some exposure to programming or scripting languages is expected for portions of this book.

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Great overview of Windows and Chef.

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    Comments about oreilly Managing Windows Servers with Chef:

    First off this book is an amazing "whistle stop tour" of the chef ecosystem. Yes it focuses mainly on the windows world, but it hits some great overarching chef terminology to a unseasoned reader. It does assume you might have a small amount chef knowledge, in certain spots, but if you have none it's ok. It drops you into the chef world, walks you through some basic patterns and then starts the specific windows focus. It has a great hands on example leveraging both via knife bootstrap and cloud providers for windows, and even shows how to leverage winrm if you have no exposure to it. This is a great book, I strongly suggest getting your hands on it.

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