Today, Jens and I got to play with Chef which supposedly is the hot sh$&!t when it comes to infrastructure automation and such. Installing your own Chef server seems hard at first but will work in the end.
If you’re using Debian, the APT sources will save you some headaches. Just add
deb http://apt.opscode.com/ squeeze main
/etc/apt/sources.list and do something like
wget -qO - http://email@example.com | sudo apt-key add - sudo apt-get update
to be sure to be getting what you asked for. Then, a little
sudo apt-get install chef will do the trick to set up a client and
sudo apt-get install chef-server will supercharge your node with a fully blown chef server, including but not limited to CouchDB, Solr, RabbitMQ and other fancy stuff. (You’ll want to do this on two different nodes, so use Virtual Box or something.)
I will update this post as we dig deeper – hopefully later this week.
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