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JJ Asghar

JJ works with Strategic Technical Alliances at Chef Software making integrations work with Chef, Habitat, and InSpec. He works on everything from Azure, VMware, OpenStack, and Cisco with everything in between. He also heads up the Chef Partner Cookbook Program to make sure customers of Chef and vendors get the highest quality certified cookbooks. He grew up and currently lives in Austin, Texas.


Announcing new integrations with VMware on AWS

We are pleased to announce the release of two new integrations with VMware on AWS! We have created both knife-vcenter and kitchen-vcenter to take advantage of VMware on AWS and help drive your developers’ stories. Leverage kitchen-vcenter to drive your cookbook development in AWS, and promote it to your Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).

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GoCD Cookbook and the Chef Partner Cookbook Program

I’m happy to announce that GoCD is now part of the Chef Partner Cookbook Program. They have certified the GoCD Cookbook. This cookbook deploys a standard GoCD server or agent with the required settings to get it ready for your usage. GoCD is an on-premise, open source, continuous delivery tool by ThoughtWorks.

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Rocket.Chat Cookbook Certified by the Chef Partner Cookbook Program

I’m delighted to announce that Rocket.Chat is now part of the Chef Partner Cookbook Program. They have certified the Rocket.Chat Cookbook. Rocket.Chat Cookbook The Rocket.Chat Cookbook is designed as a one-stop shop to get Rocket.Chat up and running. Run the main recipe, run chef-client, and boom, you have the base install ready to go.

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VMware vRA 7.0+ and Chef

We’re happy to announce that Chef can now drive VMware’s vRA 7.0+ automation suite. We’ve released 2.0.0 versions of both knife-vrealize and kitchen-vra along with a 1.0.0 version of chef-provisioning-vra.

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Manage Secrets with Chef and HashiCorps Vault

On November 22, 2016, I presented a webinar with Seth Vargo on managing secrets with Chef and HashiCorp’s Vault. Our very large and highly engaged audience came prepared with great questions. We started off talking about generic secrets, and why you should start rotating them.

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Arista and the Chef Partner Cookbook Program

I’d like to announce that Arista is now part of the Chef Partner Cookbook Program. They have certified the EOS Cookbook which manages the configuration of EOS network devices. Arista Networks was founded to pioneer and deliver software-driven cloud networking solutions for large data center storage and computing environments.

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VMware vRealize Automation 7.0+ and Chef

I’m pleased to announce two Chef vRA 7.0+ Blueprints for both Windows and Linux from Chef. They are basic, initial integrations, and have an example that demonstrates how to bootstrap the chef-client into a cataloged virtual machine.

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How to run Habitat applications in Kubernetes

Note: This blog post may be out of date. Check out a more recent article “Get Started with Habitat on Kubernetes” from our partners at Kinvolk. Habitat simplifies creating, managing, and running containers.

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Elastic and the Chef Partner Cookbook Program

I’m delighted to announce that Elastic is now part of the Chef Partner Cookbook Program. Elastic’s cookbook named elasticsearch will install and help configure your elastic instance. Elastic provides real-time insights and makes massive amounts of structured and unstructured data usable for developers and enterprises.

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Icinga and the Chef Partner Cookbook Program

We’re happy to announce that Icinga is now part of the Chef Partner Cookbook Program. They have certified the Icinga2 Cookbook which allows you to install and configure Icinga2 and the corresponding web interface Icingaweb2. Icinga2 Icinga2 is an open-source tool for monitoring and metric collection. Its configuration is object based and rule-driven.

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