Chef Server user passwords

Correct me if I am wrong but my understanding is that typical interactions with Chef Server are authenticated using the private keys generated by Chef Server. For example, when using knife or more generally when a user or node interacts with the Chef Server API.

My question is what are the uses of the password that you must specify when creating a new user? I assume it is used for logging into the Chef Manage UI, but not sure if there are any other uses.


That is correct. Passwords are used for interacting with the Manage UI.
All other actions are handled through the API which uses key-pairs.

Additionally, Chef Analytics uses the username/passwords setup in Chef
Server. So that UI also links to it.

Thanks, Galen, that’s useful to know!