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Quick Start Reference Deployment Guide

Chef Server on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

Deployment Guide

Mike Pfeiffer — Solutions Architect, AWS Quick Start Reference Team

December 2015

This Quick Start reference deployment guide discusses configuration steps for deploying Chef Server on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. It also provides links for viewing and launching AWS CloudFormation templates that automate the deployment, and a walkthrough that demonstrates how you can manage Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances with Chef.

The guide is for IT infrastructure architects, administrators, and DevOps professionals who are planning to implement or extend their Chef workloads on the AWS cloud.

AWS OpsWorks option

This Quick Start is for customers who want to run and manage their own Chef Server infrastructure. However, we recommend that you also take a look at AWS OpsWorks, which is a configuration management service provided by AWS, to determine if it's more suitable for your needs. AWS OpsWorks helps you configure and operate applications of all types and sizes using Chef. You can define the application’s architecture and the specification of each component, including package installation, software configuration, and resources such as storage. For more information, see the AWS OpsWorks User Guide.

The following links are for your convenience. Before you launch the Quick Start, please review the architecture, configuration, network security, and other considerations discussed in this guide.

The default configuration deploys each server using the t2.medium instance type, but you can change the instance type and customize other settings. The supported instance types for Chef Server are listed on the associated product pages in the AWS Marketplace (see the links in the Cost and Licenses section).

  • If you have an AWS account and you're already familiar with Chef Server, you can launch the Quick Start to deploy Chef Server into your AWS account. Time to deploy: Approximately 35 minutes

     

     

  • If you'd like to take a look under the covers, you can view the AWS CloudFormation template to see how it is set up. You can customize the template during launch, or download and extend it for other projects.

     

Note

You are responsible for the costs related to your use of any AWS services used while running this Quick Start reference deployment. Prices are subject to change. See the Cost and Licenses section and the pricing pages of the AWS services you will be using for full details.

About Quick Starts

Quick Starts are automated reference deployments for key workloads on the AWS cloud. Each Quick Start launches, configures, and runs the AWS compute, network, storage, and other services required to deploy a specific workload on AWS, using AWS best practices for security and availability.

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