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

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

Automated Configuration Management With Opscode Chef: The Basic Moving Parts

The Moving Parts Managing your infrastructure with Opscode Chef involves a few moving parts you need to be aware of. As I found it quite hard to differentiate, I want to share the basics with you: Chef server There you manage all your nodes and roles. The chef server distributes cookbooks to the nodes. Chef … Continue reading Automated Configuration Management With Opscode Chef: The Basic Moving Parts

Sprinkle – Automated Infrastructure for the Rest of us

Automatically setting up and maintaining my servers is a must for me. Only if everything I install and configure on a server is scripted I'm sure I know what's there and that it stays that way. Having automated infrastructure enables me to schedule a critical setup change at 3 am and be on the safe … Continue reading Sprinkle – Automated Infrastructure for the Rest of us