Automate Your Chef Server Management Tasks

Written by Rajat Bhargava on June 13, 2014

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Chef is a popular commercial and open source configuration automation solution. Many of our customer and users are leveraging Chef and JumpCloud. They often leverage Chef to configure and deploy their systems. They will then use JumpCloud to manage their centralized user management needs or said another way, their directory services. JumpCloud also has the ability to execute tasks across Windows, Mac, and Linux devices.

Some of those tasks include securely managing users, executing security policies, and configuring systems, especially laptops and desktops. Some of our most active customers are also deep Chef users.

Using JumpCloud in a Chef standard recipe

To that end, JumpCloud has integrated its deployment to work with Chef. If you use Chef and would like to leverage it to distribute JumpCloud out to all of your servers, you can grab the Chef recipe inside of our product, or you can read more about it in our knowledge base or right here!

The basic Chef recipe to include JumpCloud in a standard build is as follows:

package ‘curl’

package ‘sudo’

package ‘bash’

execute ‘agent_install’ do

command “curl –header ‘x-connect-key: ec78283415f4e9992aaacb906c2ae908c6c92b63‘ ‘/Kickstart’ | sudo bash”

path [ ‘/sbin’, ‘/bin’, ‘/usr/sbin’, ‘/usr/bin’ ]

timeout 600

creates ‘/opt/jc’


You can find a number of different write ups and locations where you can download more in-depth recipes on the JumpCloud knowledge base. You’ll just need to change to your own x-connect-key (which you can get just by going to the Systems tab, and clicking “Add System”), as shown here:


JumpCloud Chef Integration

And that’s it! If you use Chef and want to automate user management tasks with JumpCloud, now you can quickly add us to your recipe.

JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service® is a centralized user management platform delivered from the cloud. It covers managing user access to systems, hosted LDAP, WiFi authentication, integration with Google Apps, multi-factor authentication, device management, True SSO™, and more. If you would like to dig in and give JumpCloud a try, your first 10 users are free forever.

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