Chef Manage 3.0 released

Today we've released Chef Manage 3.0. This release includes a number of important dependency updates and also adds support for SSL connections to the Chef Infra Server. There is otherwise no new functionality in this release. All new functionality continues to be developed for Chef Automate.

Dependency Updates

  • Rails is upgraded to 5.2.3

  • Chef Infra Client is upgraded from 11 to 14

  • Sidekiq is upgraded from 2.5 to 4 to improve the background processing

SSL Support

The major version upgrade of Chef Infra Client in this release brings in SSL support between Chef Manage and Chef Infra Server. These services always run on the same system so this feature is of limited value in most cases. For compatibility with self-signed certificates which are commonly used on the Chef Infra Server, this feature defaults to off in this release.


The SSL support is configured using these settings in the /etc/chef-manage/manager.rb configuration file. After any changes you must run sudo chef-manage-ctl reconfigure to apply the changes.

ssl_verify_mode : Configure SSL verification for the connection to the Chef Infra Server. By default this is set to :verify_none. Setting this to :verify_peer will require a Chef Manage to verify the SSL certificate of the Chef Infra Server.

trusted_certs_dir: Provide a path to a directory containing trusted SSL certificates. This is empty by default, but /etc/chef/trusted_certs is the most likely setting for reusing certificates installed by Chef Infra Client.

Bug Fixes

Generating a Knife Config now produces a config.rb instead of knife.rb file. These have the same format and contents but config.rb has been preferred since Chef Infra Client 12.0. (chef-manage#925)

Minor UI bug fixes (chef-manage#941)

Supported Versions

Chef Manage 3.0 is compatible with Chef Infra Server 12 and later. Users are always encouraged to stay up to date on Chef Infra Server releases to ensure they have the latest security updates.

Added Platform Support

Ubuntu 16.04
Ubuntu 18.04

Removed Platform Support

Ubuntu 10.04
Ubuntu 12.04
Ubuntu 14.04


Download the latest version of the chef-manage package for your platform from to your Chef Infra Server, then run:

# rpm -Uvh /path/to/chef-manage-*.rpm
# dpkg -i /path/to/chef-manage-*.deb


# chef-manage-ctl reconfigure
# chef-server-ctl reconfigure