Getting Started with Chef Server - Blueprint

Updated by @KeithResar on Feb 10, 2016

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Description

Chef has integrated their technology with the CenturyLink Cloud platform. The purpose of this KB article is to help the reader take advantage of this integration to achieve rapid time-to-value for this Configuration Management solution.

Technology from Chef helps CenturyLink Cloud customers address the business challenge of Configuration Management by implementing Chef Server solution - now available as part of the CenturyLink Cloud Blueprint Engine.

Audience

  • CenturyLink Cloud Users

Impact

After reading this article, the user should feel comfortable getting started using the partner technology on CenturyLink Cloud.

After executing the steps in this Getting Started document, the users will have a functioning Chef Server with Chef manage upon which they can start developing their configuration management solutions.

Deploying Chef Server

  1. Locate the Blueprint in the Blueprint Library.

    • Login to the Control Portal. From the Nav Menu on the left, click Orchestration > Blueprints Library.
    • Search for "Chef" in the keyword search on the right side of the page.
  2. Click the deploy blueprint button.

  3. Set Required parameters.

    • Execute on Server - Leave selected at CHEF
    • First Name - Administrator's first name
    • Last Name - Administrator's last name
    • Email - Administrator's email
    • Org Short Name - Short name for Org
    • Org Long Name - Long name for Org
    • Password For Admin - Initial password to login to web interface
  4. Set Optional Parameters.

    • Password/Confirm Password (This is the root password for the server. Keep this in a secure place).
    • Set DNS to “Manually Specify” and use “8.8.8.8” (or any other public DNS server of your choice).
    • Optionally set the server name prefix.
    • The default values are fine for every other option.
    • IMPORTANT: You should note the two hostnames you specified above, as well as the MC password. These will be needed later to log into and configure your SUREedge instances.
  5. Review and Confirm the Blueprint.

  6. Deploy the Blueprint.

    • Once verified, click the deploy blueprint button.
    • You will see the deployment details stating the Blueprint is queued for execution.
  7. Deployment Complete.

    • Once the Blueprint has deployed you will receive an email confirming the newly deployed assets within a few minutes.
    • If you do not receive an email you may have had a deployment error - check the Blueprints Queue or review the Blueprint Build Log to for error messages.
  8. Connect to Chef Server.

    • Connect to the server's assigned IP address.
    • Use the admin account that you created on provisioning, reset the password, and if needed create new accounts and organizations.
    • You’ll probably want to download the starter kit to help start administering your Chef server.

Pricing

The costs listed above in the above steps are for the infrastructure only. You receive a free 25 node license with your Chef server. If you would like more licenses please email [email protected] to secure additional entitlements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I obtain my license? You receive a free 25 node license with your Chef server. If you would like more licenses please email [email protected]

Who should I contact for support?

  • For issues related to deploying Chef Server, please contact [email protected]
  • For issues related to cloud infrastructure, please open a ticket using the CenturyLink Cloud Support Process.

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