Using Chef Client with Cisco NX-OS
This chapter includes
the following sections:
Chef is an open-source
software package developed by Chef Software, Inc. It is a systems and cloud
infrastructure automation framework that deploys servers and applications to
any physical, virtual, or cloud location, no matter the size of the
infrastructure. Each organization is comprised of one or more workstations, a
single server, and every node that will be configured and maintained by the
chef-client. Cookbooks and recipes are used to tell the chef-client how each
node should be configured. The chef-client, which is installed on every node,
does the actual configuration.
A Chef cookbook is
the fundamental unit of configuration and policy distribution. A cookbook
defines a scenario and contains everything that is required to support that
scenario, including libraries, recipes, files, and more. A Chef recipe is a
collection of property definitions for setting state on the device. The details
for checking and setting these property states are abstracted away so that a
recipe may be used for more than one operating system or platform. While
recipes are commonly used for defining configuration settings, they can also be
used to install software packages, copy files, start services, and more.
references provide more information from Chef:
The following are
prerequisites for Chef:
You must have
a Cisco device and operating system software release that supports the
You must have
the required disk storage available on the device for Chef deployment:
You need a
Chef server with Chef 12.4.1 or higher.
You need Chef
Client 12.4.1 or higher.
Chef Client NX-OS
software must be installed on Cisco Nexus platforms. Customers can install
chef-client in one of the Linux environments provided by the Cisco Nexus
is the native WindRiver Linux environment underlying Cisco NX-OS.
is a secure Linux container environment running CentOS. Its advantage is a
secure, open execution environment that is decoupled from the host.
The workflow for both
use cases is similar.
documents provide step-by-step guidance on agent software download,
installation, and setup:
cisco-cookbook is a
Cisco-developed open-source interface between the abstract resources
configuration in a Chef recipe and the specific implementation details of the
Cisco Nexus operating system and platforms. This cookbook is installed on the
Chef Server and is required for proper Chef Client operation on Cisco Nexus
be found on Chef Supermarket.
documents provide additional detail for cisco-cookbook and generic cookbook