Meeting notes for May 5, 2022

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 shared

Let’s kick things off with some updates for your educational viewing and reading pleasure:

Upcoming Livestreams:
May 19th - Automate Open Hour
May 25th - Habitat Office Hour
Tune in on YT or Twitch

Upcoming Webinars:
May 11th- Applying DevOps Principles for Managing Endpoints
May 25th- Chef Product MEGA Launch @ Noon ET

Blog Posts to Check Out:
Announcement Chef Client 16 EOL Date Change
Highly Available Solution for Chef Products
Applying DevOps Principles in Managing Endpoints

This week’s releases

Chef Infra Server

Kiah shared

Chef Infra Server 14.15.9 Released! This release includes a fix for an external OpenSearch indexing issue in addition to other improvements.

Chef Infra Client

Kiah shared

Chef Infra Client 16.18.0 Released! Chef-16 EOL has been extended to 30 November 2022 from earlier 30 April 2022.


Engineering Leadership Updates

@George Westwater & @Sudharshan Kaushikk were unable to be here today but they passed down the following update:

The Infra Client 18 release is still in testing across multiple Linux and Windows versions. We will continue to provide the community updates as they become available. Given the additional time and delay in the Infra Client 18 release, we are going to make some adjustments to the release process this year.This year we will depart from the historical April release process. This year we will first release 18.0 as a release candidate (RC), which will have the same quality and stability as the typical April release.I understand that this delay and any changes in the process will come as a surprise and will drastically affect some of your existing scheduling and planning. We will be scheduling some time to discuss the details of this process change with all of you soon. A blog post will go out tomorrow that discusses similar items in this message.The choice to have a special release candidate process for this year comes out of many discussions (both internal and external) centered around the best way to support the needs of all Infra Client users. We hope this is a step in the right direction in providing a more gradual upgrade process for risk-averse environments (or environments required to be or still on N-1).We will be hosting additional sessions specifically to better understand how our release process impacts you, and your teams, and ask for your help in crafting a more inclusive process going forward

Chef Automate

Ankur Mundhra shared

Hello community

This week’s update:

  • Working to release OpenSearch support with Automate
  • Working to support embedded Chef Infra Server with OpenSearch
  • Working to fix migration pipeline of Server users in dev branch
  • Expanded telemetry coverage in client-run report
  • Added telemetry coverage to migration workflow of Infra Server views
  • Improved blocked error message for failed login attempts by local or LDAP users

Team Automate

Chef Habitat

mwrockx shared

Hello from Habitat!
This week's updates:

  • Making progress on next core-plans refresh. Tentatively looking to refresh all core packages on the week of the 16th. There will be more official announcements as we get closer.
  • Investigating alternate refresh build algorithm to improve build order issues
  • Investigating a way to scan packages for CVEs
  • Investigating supervisor strategies for ARM
  • Investigating awol builder workers
  • Expand on prem installer to allow splitting minio and postgres
  • Looking to release a new habitat cli/supervisor next week

Chef Infra Client

Neha Pansare shared

Hello, sorry for delayed response, here are updates from Infra Client team :

  • We released a new version of Chef Client 16.18.0 to extend EOL to 22 Nov 2022 and few other fixes
  • We have a new member joining the team this week and are working on onborading and training.
  • We are working on releasing a new version of chef-17 and are working on fixing some pipeline issues
  • We are working on testing Secrets Manager(AWS, Hashi Vault. Azure Vault, Akeyless) with recipes

Chef Infra Server

Lincoln Baker shared

Hello from Infra Server world

  • Chef Infra Server 14.15.9 released.

-Removed unsupported migration scripts that were used before Chef Infra Server 12.17.15.
-Removed the opscode-chef-mover service, which was used before Chef Infra Server 12.17.15.
-Fixed an external OpenSearch indexing issue. The elasticsearch['enable'] = false configuration setting was failing to create an index in OpenSearch.
-Bug Fixes.

  • Continuing Erlang 24 upgrade work.
  • Migrating to OpenSearch.
  • API design for server-side secrets.
  • Investigating issue with Bifrost database growth.

Chef Inspec

cwolfe shared

Chef InSpec Team:

  • InSpec Parallel command in its final stages, now with nifty multi-status UI and background mode
  • Profile Signing making lots of progress, working on info extraction, general usability, docs
  • New ZFS resource, enhanced x509_private_key resource
  • New Documentation Guidelines internal document written
  • Rough draft of What's New in InSpec 5 blog Post written

Chef Workstation

Vikram Karve shared

Hi All! Here is what Workstation & Community Tools are working on

  • We have automated the end-to-end test scenario for kitchen-ec2 plugin. More plugins in queue.
  • We have just started work on a screen accessible via tray icon to update Chef Infra Settings in Workstation.
  • Most repos are updated for Ruby 3.1. Remaining few will be updated when published chef gem is Ruby 3.1 based.
  • Repos in test-kitchen now use GitHub actions for CI.
  • Begun updating knife-vrealize to work with vRA 8

Sous Chefs

ramereth shared

Hello from the Sous Chefs!
Here's the list of new releases in the past week:

  • vcruntime 2.2.10: Cookstyle fixes

Cinc Updates

ramereth shared

Hello from the Cinc Project!


  • Released 16.18.0
  • Native packages for Ubuntu 22.04 in the latest 16.x and 17.x releases


  • Native packages for Ubuntu 22.04 in the latest 5.x release


  • Released 14.15.9

  • This includes native packages for Amazon Linux 2, EL 8, and Ubuntu 20.04


  • Ubuntu 22.04 native packages

  • Compile issue on Workstation

  • Need a Bento Ubuntu 22.04 box to be created so we can test properly in our pipeline

  • I started looking into native builds of Amazon 2022 but ran into several issues that upstream really should fix first

See you next week!

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