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Chef Adds More Cookbooks for Windows

10.25.2011
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Today Opscode announced new Chef cookbooks for integration with server instances running Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS), Microsoft SQL Server and PowerShell. This addition of cookbooks strenghtens a position in the Windows infrastructure ecosystem that Opscode has been solidifiying for some time - see Chef <3's Windows.  Apparently a lot of help in creating these cookbooks came from VMware.  Here's some more detail from the press release:

PowerShell: "Opscode has made it simple for users working in Chef on Windows with a Ruby recipe to seamlessly integrate a block of PowerShell script into the middle of the recipe. The recipe language is simple with few constructs, so users don't realize they're in Ruby until they do something outside the domain specific language (DSL). Users get the benefit of Chef's management and automation, plus the execution of the PowerShell script."

IIS: "The Chef client is able to install IIS and configure web applications."

SQL Server: "Chef manages installation, configuration and updates to the SQL Server."

Windows Services: "Chef provides the automation tools for service management across all machines. It also provides analysis across the entire fleet to determine which services are running."

You should also check out the results of Opscode's first Cookbook Contest.