[chef] Re: Workstation 11 Installation Questions

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  • From: Ranjib Dey < >
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  • Subject: [chef] Re: Workstation 11 Installation Questions
  • Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2013 11:39:19 -0800

What chef server you are using hosted, private or the opensource one? Opensource chef server does not have organizatons. The workstation is simply a client installation, except that you will be using knife in stead of chef-client (optionally ). Just like chef client you will need a config file for the knife tool also , and preferably you will be using an admin chef client certificate, which will allow you to perform write operations (like upload, edit, delete etc) against the chef server.

So, workstation is simply a chef client with admin privileges, and you'll be using knife instead of chef-client.

On Sun, Mar 3, 2013 at 11:31 AM, < " target="_blank"> > wrote:
After initially following the version 10 installation instructions I've been
pointed in the direction of the correct instructions for v11
(http://docs.opscode.com/chef/install_workstation.html) but I still have some

In the "Download .pem files and knife.rb" section it says that files can be
downloaded from "...the
Organizations page and Account Management page."  Are these sections on the
Opscode website or from the Chef server Web UI as I can't find them anywhere?

Also, in the "Select the omnibus installer" section its states that you need to
go to http://www.opscode.com/chef/install/ to download the Omnibus installer.
I can see the Chef Server dowload tab and the Chef Client download tab, but
there doesn't seem to be one for the Workstation... I'm obviously missing
something, Is the Workstation just the Client install?

I'd appreciate if anyone can fill in the blanks for me please.

Thanks in advance.


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