Meeting Notes for December 2, 2021

Below are the meeting notes for this week's Community Meeting, a text-based meeting held weekly in #community-meetings on our community slack, which you can join:


Kiah Tolliver shared

A few updates from DevRel:

  1. Learn Chef maintenance: will be unavailable for around an hour Wed 8 Dec, at 9 am UK / 4 am ET. Learn Chef Maintenance
  2. Our new branding launches December 7th at approximately 2am eastern time. Keep an eye out! If you want a sneak peak, take a look at the screenshots in this thread.
  3. We're having out internal Sales Kick Off meeting next week so we will be skipping our regularly scheduled live streams on 12/7 & 12/9. We'll resume on 12/14 with our Thankmas stream.

This week’s releases

Chef Automate

Kiah Tolliver shared

Automate 2 version 20211125063136 Released . This release adds global events to understand Node Summary Count among a host of other improvements and bug fixes. Read more about it here.

Automate 2 version 20211201164433 Released. This release fixes high CPU usage and ingestion failures caused by the previous release. Learn more about it here.

Chef Infra Client

Kiah Tolliver shared

Chef Infra Client 16.17.18 Released. This release contains Compliance Phase improvements and a host of packaging and security updates. Read more about it here.

Chef Infra Client 17.8.25 Released. This release contains Compliance Phase improvements, resource updates and security and packaging updates. Check it out here.

Chef Inspec

Kiah Tolliver shared

Chef InSpec 4.50.3 Released . This release adds Windows support to the http resource. Read more about it here.

Other releases

Kiah Tolliver shared

Chef Manage 3.2.13 Released. This release contains a few UI and Security updates. If you’re still using Manage, read more about the release here.

Chef AWS Cloud Resources Released. A whole slew of new AWS cloud resources have been made available. Check them out here.


Chef Habitat

mwrockx shared

  • Making progress on next core-plans refresh
  • Working on tool to auto version bump core packages
  • Working on HA on prem builder support
  • ensuring powershell hooks prefer PSv7 modules over windows PS modules
  • Updating latest version of rust for habitat and builder codebases

Chef Infra Client

tas50 shared

Like @Kiah said above we made 2 releases of Infra Client this week with a bunch of nice new improvements and updated Ruby releases to resolve some CVEs there

This next week we're going to continue to dig into IAM support for Akeyless Vault in the secrets helper and merge in approle support for Hashi Vault in the secrets helper

We're also digging into adding built in log rotation in the client, which is a particularly big problem on windows where you don't have things like logrotate to do it for you

We'll make sure we don't fill up your drives anymore

client.pem migration into Windows Certificate Store is back on track now that we cleaned up how we build our all PowerShell DLLs and fixed up our win32_certificate gem

Hopefully we'll get the initial support for that out in the next release

And then a bit more forward-looking we're going to start digging into Target Mode once again with a focus on managing network and security devices over REST API calls thanks to the initial work that @theinen did

That's it for Infra Client for this week. Sorry for the timing everyone

Chef Infra Server

Lincoln Baker shared

Updates from chef-server for this week are...

  • Continuing work on cookbook version response caching solution.
  • Fixed logrotate issue (Thanks to CollinM!).
  • Continuing work on upgrading chef-server in automate.


  • Investigation of A2_HA issue.

Chef Inspec

cwolfe shared

The Chef InSpec team has been working on:

  • Adding support for using a private supermarket source of profiles
  • Adding proxy support to the http resource
  • Creating architecture diagrams for InSpec
  • Adding support for using an SSH config file

Chef Workstation

Vikram Karve shared

Hi All! Here are the updates from the Workstation & Community Tools team this week.. much of it is a continuation of what we shared last time.Ready for release / completed


  • Implementing chef env in Golang
  • Identifying what telemetry data is sent via workstation already, and what more could be added.
  • Identified some changes that are needed in the build configuration to support Apple M1 ARM64 architecture.
  • Begun looking into kitchen-vra plugin update to support vRA 8
  • Addressing issue where workstation tray icon would disappear on upgrade.

What's Next?

  • Support ad hoc chef-run on AIX
  • Explore wizard-like UI development techniques in ElectronJS

Sous Chefs

ramereth shared

Hello from the Sous Chefs!

We've had a lot of releases in the past few weeks:

  • bind - 3.2.0: add :create_config_only action to bind_primary_zone
  • bind - 3.3.0: add primaries option to bind_config
  • chrony - 1.2.0: Reorder resources so Chrony is configured before it is started
  • consul - 5.0.0: Remove Poise dependencies, Rewrite resources as Chef custom resources, Drop compatibility with Chef < 15.3
  • consul - 5.0.1: Fix setting program in consul_service resource
  • consul - 5.1.0: Support :stop action for consul_service resource
  • consul - 5.2.0: Added setting license_path in consul_config resource for enterprise installations
  • docker - 10.1.3: Update to tarball checksums to 20.10.11 and 19.03.15, Update to using version 20.10.11 for testing suites
  • etcd - 8.0.0: Set unified mode to be false, otherwise resources are not correctly being passed through to systemd resource, Remove -debug line from etcd_cmd as it is deprecated as of etcd 3.5.0
  • etcd - 9.0.0: Use partials instead of including a library., Require Chef 16 for resource partials, Remove unused libraries
  • nginx - 12.0.8: Rename config_dir to conf_dir in
  • nginx - 12.0.9: Change the unit tested Debian platform to bullseye
  • nginx - 12.0.10: Fix CI Badge Link in README
  • ruby_build - 2.1.5: Retry when cloning the ruby-build code repository
  • rundeck - 6.0.0: Pointing to a valid repository, as Bintray has been deprecated
  • rundeck - 7.0.0: Enabled unified mode on all resources
  • rundeck - 7.1.0: Require Chef 15.5 for systemd helper (cookstyle fixes)
  • vcruntime - 2.2.8: Update vc14 checksum for new releases of 2015-2019 and 2015-2022 runtimes
  • vcruntime - 2.2.9: Remove CircleCI and Dangerfile now the release system is taking care of this for us

Cinc Updates

ramereth shared

Hello from the Cinc Project!

Cinc Auditor

  • Released 4.50.3

Cinc Server

  • Looking into issues when upgrading to latest Cinc Server release

Cinc Client

  • Looking into run-time issues with Cinc 17 on Windows
  • Working on building/releasing the latest 16/17 upstream releases

In addition:

  • Working on add MacOS 12 x86 builds globally
  • Removing MacOS 10.14 builds globally

Other updates

See you next week!

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