Bootstrapping from the Chef server

Hi, new to Chef here and really appreciate any help.

Due to a security issue at the place I work, I’m unable to bootstrap nodes from my laptop/workstation. The chef server is on the office network and so are any node servers to bootstrap. And there are very tight security policies in place around servers on the office network. However, I can connect to the chef server from my workstation and I can configure the chef server however I’d like. Is it possible to run "knife bootstrap windows winrm … " from the chef server? At the moment, running that gives an error that the private key could not be read.

yes you can if you set up the chef server to be a workstation at the same time as a chef server, the reason you are getting the private key error is because the chef server is not registered to be a work station.