The ‘base’ ServerTemplate for Windows contains the minimum set of scripts and alerts for optimized server management through the RightScale platform such as:

  • Install the chef client
  • Runs chef recipes with provided runlist.

It’s strongly recommended that you begin custom ServerTemplate development by cloning the ‘base’ ServerTemplate and then modify it to meet your needs.

Minimum Scripts for Best Practices

Since the “Base” ServerTemplate contains the minimum set of scripts that are required for optimal server management within the RightScale management platform, it’s recommended that these scripts are not deleted from a ServerTemplate unless you are an advanced user and are aware of the ramifications.

The minimum set of scripts in the Base ServerTemplate are found in most ServerTemplates published by RightScale and perform the following setup operations:

Boot Sequence

See RightLink 10 Windows Base for details on the default scripts.

  • Windows Install Chef Client - This script installs a the chef client.

  • Windows Configure Chef Client - This script registers the instance with the chef server and runs knife.

  • Windows Run Chef Client - This script runs a chef recipe with the chef client.

Operational scripts

  • Windows Run Chef Client - This script runs a chef recipe with the chef client.

Chef Server Inputs

Input Name Description Example Value
CHEF_CLIENT_ENVIRONMENT The Chef Server environment to use. text:_default
CHEF_CLIENT_NODE_NAME Name which will be used to authenticate the Chef Client on the remote Chef Server. If nothing is specified, the instance FQDN will be used. text:SERVER1
CHEF_CLIENT_ROLES Comma-separated list of roles which will be applied to the instance. The Chef Client will execute the roles in the order specified. text:IISRole
CHEF_CLIENT_RUNLIST A string used to set the permanent run_list for chef-client. If set, this overrides chef/client/roles. text:recipe[ntp::default], recipe[foobar]
CHEF_SERVER_URL The Chef Server URL text: https//chef-server.example.com/organizations/example/
CHEF_SSL_VERIFY_MODE Set the verify mode for HTTPS requests. Use :verify_none to do no validation of SSL certificates. Use :verify_peer to do validation of all SSL certificates, including the Chef server connections, S3 connections, and any HTTPS remote_file resource URLs used in the chef-client run. This is the recommended setting. Depending on how OpenSSL is configured, the ssl_ca_path may need to be specified. text::verify_peer
CHEF_VALIDATION_NAME The Chef Server Validator name text: example-validator
CHEF_CLIENT_COMPANY Company name to be set in the Client configuration file. This attribute is applicable for Opscode Hosted Chef Server. The company name specified in both the Server and the Client configuration file must match. text:MyCompany
CHEF_CLIENT_LOG_LEVEL The log level for the chef client log text: info
CHEF_CLIENT_LOG_LOCATION The location of the log file. text: C:/chef/chef-client.log