A workstation is a computer that is configured to run various Chef command-line tools that synchronize with a chef-repo, author cookbooks, interact with the Chef server, and interact with nodes.
The workstation is the location from which most users do most of their work, including:
Some important components of workstations include:
knife is a command-line tool that provides an interface between a local chef-repo and the Chef server. knife helps users to manage:
The chef-repo is the repository structure in which cookbooks are authored, tested, and maintained:
The directory structure within the chef-repo varies. Some organizations prefer to keep all of their cookbooks in a single chef-repo, while other organizations prefer to use a chef-repo for every cookbook.
|A knife.rb file is used to specify the chef-repo-specific configuration details for knife.
|Every cookbook requires a small amount of metadata. A file named metadata.rb is located at the top of every cookbook directory structure. The contents of the metadata.rb file provides hints to the Chef server to help ensure that cookbooks are deployed to each node correctly.
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