Book Detail : Managing Windows Servers with Chef

Book Title: 
Managing Windows Servers with Chef
Resource Category: 
Author: 
Publisher: 
Publication Year: 
2 014
Number of Pages: 
110
ISBN: 
978-1-78398-242-4
Language: 
English
WishList: 
yes
Available at Shelf: 
No
Description: 

Harness the power of Chef to automate management of Windows-based systems using hands-on examples

Table of Contents (Summary): 
  1. Chef and Windows

  2. Installing the Client – an Overview of Chef Concepts 

  3. Windows-specific Resources

  4. Provisioning an Application Stack 

  5. Managing Cloud Services with Chef

  6. Going Beyond the Basics

Index

Table of Contents (Expanded): 
  1. Chef and Windows

    • Working with Windows 

      • Interacting with end hosts  

      • Bootstrapping Windows hosts 

        • Scaling with cloud providers 

        • Scripting with PowerShell 

    • Integrating with Linux-based systems  

    • Working with Windows-specific resources 

      • Supported platforms 

    • Summary 

  2. Installing the Client – an Overview of Chef Concepts 

    • Getting to know Chef better 

    • An overview of Chef's architecture 

    • Installing the Chef client on Windows  

      • Preparing to bootstrap Windows hosts  

        • Enabling Windows Remote Management 

        • Configuring firewall ports 

        • Enabling basic authentication 

        • Bootstrapping a Windows host 

      • Installing via MSI  

    • Summary 

  3. Windows-specific Resources

    • Working with Windows-specific resources 

      • Platforms supported by Chef  

    • Managing roles and features 

      • Installing roles using different mechanisms  

    • Executing batch scripts 

    • Running scripts at startup 

    • Installing software packages  

    • Manipulating printers 

      • Managing printer ports 

      • Managing printers 

    • Interacting with the Windows Registry 

      • The Chef 10.x resource 

      • The Chef 0.11.x resource 

    • Managing the system path 

    • Scheduling tasks 

    • Interacting with Windows pagefiles  

    • ZIP files  

    • Rebooting Windows 

    • Summary 

  4. Provisioning an Application Stack 

    • Examining the cookbook  

    • Installing the cookbook 

      • Fetching from GitHub 

    • Examining the recipe 

      • Installing the prerequisites  

      • Preparing the IIS service  

      • Fetching the application 

      • Configuring the application  

      • Generating an IIS pool and site  

    • Performing the installation  

      • Bootstrapping the host 

        • Creating the role 

        • Applying the role to the node  

    • Summary 

  5. Managing Cloud Services with Chef

    • Working with Microsoft Azure 

      • Downloading the management certificate 

      • Configuring knife for Azure  

      • Creating a new Azure virtual machine 

      • Bootstrapping your Azure node  

        • Creating a reusable image  

    • Managing Amazon EC2 instances  

      • Installing the EC2 knife plugin 

      • Setting up EC2 authentication 

      • Provisioning an EC2 instance 

      • Executing custom user scripts in EC2 

        • Writing the user script 

        • Providing a custom user script 

      • Removing the Chef node 

    • Interacting with Rackspace Cloud 

      • Provisioning a Rackspace instance 

        • Injecting configuration into the virtual machine  

      • Terminating the instance  

      • Removing the Chef node 

    • Summary 

  6. Going Beyond the Basics

    • Chef's declarative language 

    • Handling multiple platforms 

      • Declaring support in your cookbook 

      • Multiplatform recipes 

        • Reducing complexity 

    • Versioning and source control 

      • Testing recipes  

        • RSpec and ChefSpec 

      • Testing basics 

        • RSpec 

        • ChefSpec 

      • Executing tests  

        • Understanding failure 

      • Expanding your tests 

    • Summary 

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