Sam Martin

Adventures in IT

Test Kitchen with a SQL Server Dependency

I want to be able to test my cookbooks/scripts without having to rely on independent testing infrastructure! I want to be able to do kitchen converge and have all my infrastructure ready to go without any further thought to the dependencies! This is why I’m such a huge…

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Getting Started with Chef on Windows Server - Part 3a - Packer, Vagrant, and Vagrant Omnibus

Introduction – HashiCorp Atlas It’s been a fair few months since my last post in this series (or at all for this matter) and I haven’t made anywhere near the progress with Chefifying (definitely a word) my environment as I would like due to new more urgent projects. Since…

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Getting Started with Chef on Windows Server – Part 3 – Vagrant, Windows, and Managed Chef

In the previous two parts (Intro and Chef Server & Bootstrapping) we used a plain old VirtualBox VM with Windows 2012 R2 as our Chef client, which required downloading VHDs, registering them as individual VMs and then installing Chef manually. Part 2 even required that you still had your old…

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Getting Started with Chef on Windows Server - Part 1 Intro

I’ve never had the opportunity to work with configuration management software, but a recent project has pushed me over the edge from “Wow, that sounds really cool in theory!” to “Well, I’d better get my feet wet!”. As the learnchef.com’s Windows page is currently under construction,…

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