Overview - Chef Automate on AWS


Chef Automate on AWS

Chef Automate is the highly scalable foundation of the Chef automation platform. You can use Chef Automate to create and manage dynamic infrastructure that runs on the AWS Cloud, or manage the servers in your on-premises data center. This Quick Start uses the official Chef Automate AMI from AWS Marketplace to make it easy to automate your infrastructure. You can launch the AMI from either AWS Marketplace or from this Quick Start to get instant access to the following features:

  • Chef Automate, including Chef Server, Chef Analytics, Chef Management Console, and Chef Reporting

  • Consolidated hourly billing for both Chef premium features and your infrastructure running on AWS

  • The ability to manage up to 10 nodes for free

This Quick Start is for customers who are planning to move to AWS, or are already running on AWS, and also want to deploy and manage their own Chef Automate infrastructure. In addition, the goal of this guide is to help you get started with Chef, even if you have no prior experience with the product.

This Quick Start automates the launch of the Chef Automate AMI, performs Chef Automate initial setup, creates the Chef administrative user account, and enables HTTPS access over the internet and within a virtual private cloud (VPC) in your AWS account. If you are new to Chef, you can choose to include an optional Chef workstation and managed node. You can follow the walkthrough included in this guide to learn how to configure the Chef workstation, create and upload a cookbook, and bootstrap an EC2 instance with Knife, which is a Chef command-line tool that helps you manage infrastructure components.

Cost and Licenses

You are responsible for the cost of the AWS services used while running this Quick Start reference deployment. There is no additional cost for using the Quick Start. See the pricing pages for each AWS service you will be using in this Quick Start for full details.

Because this Quick Start uses AMIs from the AWS Marketplace, you must subscribe to Chef Automate from AWS Marketplace before you launch the Quick Start. The first ten nodes are free.


If you try to launch the Quick Start without first subscribing to the Chef Automate AMI from AWS Marketplace, the Chef Automate instance will not be created, and the stack creation will fail and roll back.