We are delighted to announce the availability of version 0.9.42 of Chef Workstation.
We now include the
kitchen-vcenter plugin for Test Kitchen. This is the official Chef Test Kitchen plugin for the VMware REST API. This plugin gives Test Kitchen the ability to create, bootstrap, and test VMware vms.
We now include the
knife-azure plugin for Knife. This plugin is used to create, delete, and enumerate Microsoft Azure resources to be managed by Chef.
We now include the
knife-vcenter plugin for Knife. This is the official Chef Knife plugin for the VMware REST API. This plugin gives Knife the ability to create, bootstrap, and manage VMware vms.
chef -v command has been updated to run much faster. Yay!
Chef Infra Client
Chef Infra Client has been updated from 15.2 to 15.3 with updated resources, a new way to write streamlined custom resources, and updated platform support! See the Chef Infra Client 15.3 Release Notes for a complete list of the new and improved functionality.
Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.10.4 to 4.16.0 with the following changes:
- A new
postfix_confhas been added for inspecting Postfix configuration files.
- A new
pluginssection has been added to the InSpec configuration file which can be used to pass secrets or other configurations into Chef InSpec plugins.
serviceresource now includes a new
startnameproperty for determining which user is starting the Windows services.
groupsresource now properly gathers membership information on macOS hosts.
See the Chef InSpec 4.16.0 Release Notes for more information.
Chef Workstation App
Chef Workstation App has been updated with the following changes:
- Updated all dialog windows to match the Chef design.
- Removed the menu (file, edit, etc.) from Windows to match the style guide.
- Fixed the About Chef Workstation Page links (Package Details, License Agreement, and Release Notes).
- Fixed the update interval so it automatically notifies about new releases.
- Fixed the "Switch To Channel" button.
Cookstyle has been updated from 5.1.19 to 5.6.2. This update brings the total number of Chef cops to 94 and divides the cops into four separate departments. The new departments make it easier to search for specific cops and to enable and disable groups of cops. Instead of just "Chef", we now have the following departments:
ChefDeprecations: Cops that detect (and in many cases correct) deprecations that will prevent cookbooks from running on modern versions of Chef Infra Client.
ChefStyle: Cops that will help you improve the format and readability of your cookbooks.
ChefModernize: Cops that will help you modernize your cookbooks by including features introduced in new releases of Chef Infra Client.
ChefEffortless: Cops that will help you migrate your cookbooks to the Effortless pattern. These are disabled by default.
You can run cookstyle with just a single department:
cookstyle --only ChefDeprecations
You can also exclude a specific department from the command line:
cookstyle --except ChefStyle
You can also disable a specific department by adding the following to your .rubocop.yml config:
ChefStyle: Enabled: false
See the Cookstyle cops documentation for a complete list of cops included in Cookstyle 5.6.
Going forward, Cookstyle will be our sole Ruby and Chef Infra cookbook linting tool. With the release of Cookstyle 5.6, we're officially deprecating Foodcritic and will not be shipping Foodcritic in the next major release of Chef Workstation (April 2020). See our Goodbye, Foodcritic blog post for more information on why Cookstyle is replacing Foodcritic.
kitchen-ec2 has been updated from 3.1.0 to 3.2.0. This adds support for Windows Server 2019 and adds the ability to look up security group by
subnet_filter in addition to
kitchen-inspec has been updated from 1.1.0 to 1.2.0. This renames the
attrs key to
attributes key to
inputs to match InSpec 4. The old names are still supported but issue a warning.
knife-ec2 has been updated from 1.0.12 to 1.0.16. This resolves the following issues:
- Fix argument error for --platform option #609 (dheerajd-msys)
- Fix for Generate temporary keypair when none is supplied #608 (kapilchouhan99)
- Color code fixes in json format output of knife ec2 server list #606 (dheerajd-msys)
- Allow instances to be provisioned with source/dest checks disabled #605 (kapilchouhan99)
Test Kitchen has been updated from 2.2.5 to 2.3.2 with the following changes:
keepalive_maxcountsetting for better control of ssh connection timeouts.
The knife-google plugin has been updated to 4.1.0 with support for bootstrapping Chef Infra Client 15 and also includes a new
knife google image list command which lists project and public images.
knife google image list --gce_project "chef-msys":
NAME PROJECT FAMILY DISK SIZE STATUS kpl-w-image chef-msys windows 60 GB READY centos-6-v20190916 centos-cloud centos-6 10 GB READY centos-7-v20190916 centos-cloud centos-7 10 GB READY coreos-alpha-2261-0-0-v20190911 coreos-cloud coreos-alpha 9 GB READY coreos-beta-2247-2-0-v20190911 coreos-cloud coreos-beta 9 GB READY .... .... ....
Git has been updated from 2.20.0 to 2.23.0 on Windows and from 2.14.1 to 2.23.0 on non-Windows systems. This brings the latest git workflows to our users who do not have it installed another way and fixes two CVEs:
Nokogiri has been updated from 1.10.2 to 1.10.4 in order to resolve CVE-2019-5477
chef verify subcommand. This command has been deprecated with a warning for a long time and should not have been used by users. It is an internal command used to test the components included in Chef Workstation. Instead, we extracted it to scripts run by our CI system, which is where it should have been the whole time.
Platform Support Updates
macOS 10.15 Support
Chef Workstation is now validated against macOS 10.15 (Catalina). Additionally, Chef Workstation will no longer be validated against macOS 10.12.
Get the Build
If you are running the experimental application you can download this version from the menu after the app next update check. You can also download binaries directly from downloads.chef.io.
As always, we welcome your feedback and invite you to contact us directly or share your email. Thanks for using Chef Workstation!