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Matt Wrock

I am a software developer for Chef and much of my focus has been making Chef better on Windows. When not developing Chef code, I'm usually contributing to other projects in the Chef ecosystem. I regularly contribute to the WinRM gem and Vagrant, I am a member of the core Chocolatey team, author of Boxstarter and was an early contributor to Pester creating its Powershell Mocking functionality. I am a former Microsoft engineer and write regularly on Windows automation topics at hurryupandwait.io


Introducing the Install Hook!

The 0.74.0 release introduces a new hook to package authors: the install hook. The install hook runs when a package is first installed. This hook is unique in that it runs outside of a service or census context.

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Packaging COTS Applications for Windows

Habitat application packaging typically falls into one of two main categories: Packaging applications built from source code developed in-house or available via open source. Packaging commercial off the shelf (COTS) applications usually purchased from a third party vendor.

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A Plan for Microsoft SQL Server

If you develop or support applications on Windows, chances are that you have crossed paths or even worked deeply with Microsoft’s SQL Server database. In the 14 years I spent as a .Net developer, its by far the database I worked with most extensively. I’ve been using MySQL for all of my .

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Packaging a .Net Windows Service Application

This post will demonstrate how to package a .Net Windows service application using Habitat. A Windows service application provides some interesting challenges to Habitat packaging because the application process is ultimately controlled by the Windows Service Control Manager (SCM). It runs outside of the Habitat Supervisor process tree.

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Running Habitat as a Windows Service

You can now run Habitat on Windows as a Windows Service. This is the recommended way to run a Windows Habitat production environment. All of the Windows service functionality resides in a new package core/windows-service.

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Modernize your Java development workflow with Habitat

This week I had the honor of speaking at Microsoft Azure’s Opendev, which hosted a variety of speakers from various cool open source projects and I represented Habitat. I raced through a tour of building a distributed Java web application in Habitat.

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Running a Full Framework ASP.NET IIS application in Habitat

For the past several months we have been working hard to provide full feature parity accross all Habitat components on Windows. We often use an ASP.NET Core plan to test Windows functionality because building and running a .

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Habitat on Windows!

We are pleased to announce that the latest release of Habitat – v0.25.0 – brings Habitat to Windows! This functionality has been evolving steadily for the last several months and has been available in various pieces along the way. Perhaps you have seen my demo showing where we were back in March. Well with v0.25.

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Habitat application portability and understanding dynamic linking of ELF binaries

This post was originally published on the Hurry Up and Wait! blog on December 30, 2017. I do not come from a classical computer science background and have spent the vast majority of my career working with Java, C# and Ruby – mostly on Windows.

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Creating a Docker container Host on Windows Nano Server with Chef

This post was originally published by Matt Wrock on his blog, “Hurry Up and Wait: Tales from an automation engineer.” This week Microsoft launched the release of Windows Server 2016 along with its ultra light headless deployment option – Nano Server.

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