How to get starter kit from chef-automate/chef-infra-server install

Good Afternoon Folks,

Is there a way to get a starter-kit zip file from a chef-infra-server+chef-automate outlined in this documentation?

https://automate.chef.io/docs/infra-server/

I've followed directions and I am able to login to chef-automate server without issues. I've tried appending the FQDN (which I am able to resolve correctly) with /biscotti/setup but that just redirects me to the general login page. It's currently being hosted on a Digital Ocean droplet.

FWIW, I was able to get the starter kit in the past from:

Hosted chef manager server (which is being deprecated)
AWS OpsWorks

Am I supposed to ssh into the chef-automate/infra server and use chef-server-ctl reconfigure command to get the starter kit? Any help would be appreciated!

Best,
Jason

Am I supposed to ssh into the chef-automate/infra server and use chef-server-ctl reconfigure command to get the starter kit?

Yes, that is exactly right. It's been a while since I've done this, but I believe docs for creating orgs, keys, etc. start at Step 5 under Standalone: https://docs.chef.io/install_server/#standalone. If I recall correctly, OpsWorks provides a basic config for using knife as well; the docs for that are at https://docs.chef.io/workstation/knife_setup/

Yvonne

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Hey Yvonne,

Thanks for that answer. It looks like reconfigure is not an option on chef-automate... I am currently on Chef Automate Chef server 13.0.47/20200310194409.

Best,
Jason

Hello Jason,

Ugh, I just reread what I wrote, and it was confused; sorry about that. You are right that there isn't a reconfigure command. The infra server doesn't automatically generate the files provided by the opsworks starter kit. You create those files by doing these steps:

  1. ssh into your infra server host
  2. run the commands from steps 5 and 6 of the standalone directions to create keys, admin user, and orgs
  3. On the machine you will use to interact with your infra server, generate a knife config using the knife setup directions. Use the keys and so forth from 2 to fill out the config for running knife from the machine you will use to interact with the chef server.

I hope that makes more sense, but I'm pre-coffee; do keep asking questions as you come up with them.

Yvonne