Chef: RVM + Ruby Enterprise Edition as Default Ruby

The opscode chef bootstrap installs Matz Ruby on the node automatically. There are cookbooks for installing ruby enterprise edition on a node, but they create a separate Ruby "universe" on your box: You will have to be very careful how you install gems to make sure they are used by either the default Ruby or … Continue reading Chef: RVM + Ruby Enterprise Edition as Default Ruby

How to Deploy Ruby on Rails With The Opscode Chef Application Cookbook

I already wrote about how to get started with the Opscode Chef Platform. In this article I want to show you a very elegant way to deploy a Ruby on Rails stack with Chef. One of the strengths of Chef is the decent set of available cookbooks. @jtimberman does an especially excellent job in writing … Continue reading How to Deploy Ruby on Rails With The Opscode Chef Application Cookbook

Far Future Expires Headers For Ruby On Rails With Nginx

Browsers load static images from your website again and again if your web server does not send an expires header with a date far in the future. To avoid that unnecessary traffic on your servers and unnecessary load times for your users, it's a good idea to let your nginx send those expires headers. But, … Continue reading Far Future Expires Headers For Ruby On Rails With Nginx

Getting Started With The Opscode Chef Platform – Configuration Management In The Cloud

In "The Moving Parts of Opscode Chef" there was an interesting discussion about the need of a highly available chef server if you want to use opscode chef as your configuration management tool of choice. Especially for small to medium sized enviroments running your own chef server is overkill. If you don't want to use … Continue reading Getting Started With The Opscode Chef Platform – Configuration Management In The Cloud