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dynect (16) Versions 2.1.0

LWRP for managing DNS records with Dynect's REST API

cookbook 'dynect', '= 2.1.0', :supermarket
cookbook 'dynect', '= 2.1.0'
knife supermarket install dynect
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dynect Cookbook

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Automatically configures system DNS using Dyn's API.



  • All platforms supported by Chef


  • Chef 12.1+


  • none

A Dynect account.

The dynect_rest gem. The dynect::default recipe installs this gem from


The following attributes need to be set for the cookbook to function. Note: These are rather sensitive attributes so it's advised that you store these in a secure location such as an encrypted databag and set them via a wrapper cookbook.

  • node['dynect']['customer'] - Customer ID
  • node['dynect']['username'] - Username
  • node['dynect']['password'] - Password
  • node['dynect']['zone']- Zone
  • node['dynect']['domain'] - Domain

EC2 specific attributes:

  • node['dynect']['ec2']['type'] - type of system, web, db, etc. Default is 'ec2'.
  • node['dynect']['ec2']['env'] - logical application environment the system is in. Default is 'prod'.

Custom Resources


DNS Resource Record.


Applies to the DNS record being managed.

  • :create
  • :replace
  • :update
  • :delete

Attribute Parameters:

  • record_type - DNS record type (CNAME, A, etc)
  • rdata - record data, see the Dyn API documentation.
  • ttl - time to live in seconds
  • fqdn - fully qualified domain name
  • username - dyn username
  • password - dyn password
  • customer - dyn customer id
  • zone - DNS zone

None of the parameters have default values.


dynect_rr "webprod" do
    record_type "A"
    rdata({"address" => ""})
    fqdn "webprod.#{node['dynect']['domain']}"
    customer node['dynect']['customer']
    username node['dynect']['username']
    password node['dynect']['password']
    zone     node['dynect']['zone']


This cookbook provides the following recipes.


The default recipe installs Adam Jacob's dynect_rest gem during the Chef run's compile time to ensure it is available in the same run as utilizing the dynect_rr resource/provider.


Only use this recipe on Amazon AWS EC2 hosts!

The dynect::ec2 recipe provides an example of working with the Dyn API with EC2 instances. It creates CNAME records based on the EC2 instance ID (node['ec2']['instance_id']), and a constructed hostname from the dynect.ec2 attributes.

The recipe also edits /etc/resolv.conf to search compute-1.internal and the dynect.domain and use dynect.domain as the default domain, and it will set the nodes hostname per the DNS settings.


The dynect::a_record recipe will create an A record for the node using the detected hostname and IP address from ohai.

Further Reading

Information on the Dynect API:

Dynect REST Ruby Library:


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Dependent cookbooks

build-essential >= 0.0.0

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.


This file is used to list changes made in each version of the dynect cookbook.

2.1.0 (2017-07-09)

  • Remove chef 11 compatibility in chef_gem
  • Update apache2 license string
  • Add various platforms to the metadata
  • Use converge_by and load current_resource properly
  • Testing updates
  • Update maintainers docs
  • Dont' fail to parse metadata on older chef client releases
  • Make sure we have build-essential installed at compile_time by setting the compile time attribute in the build-essential cookbook

2.0.0 (2016-09-08)

  • Require Chef 12

1.1.0 (2016-08-30)

  • Use build-essential to make sure the gem can compile in the default recipe
  • Disable compile-time installation of the gem in the default recipe

v1.0.11 (2016-03-15)

  • Improved documentation for setting attributes. Added recommendation for setting attributes in a secure fashion via a wrapper cookbook
  • Added a .foodcritic file to exclude FC059 for now
  • Added long_description to the metadata
  • Added additional Chefspec testing
  • Updated Rubocop config to 0.38 format
  • Updated testing deps and removed cloud deps

v1.0.10 (2015-10-20)

  • Updated the requirements section of the readme to make the minimum supported Chef release 11 not 0.8
  • Improved readme formatting
  • Added gitignore file
  • Added chefignore file
  • Added Chef standard rubocop config
  • Added Travis CI testing
  • Added Berksfile
  • Added Gemfile with testing deps
  • Updated testing and contributing docs
  • Added and maintainers.toml files
  • Added travis and cookbook version badges to the readme
  • Added a Rakefile for simplified testing
  • Added source_url and issues_url to the metadata
  • Added basic convergence Chefspec
  • Resolved Rubocop warnings

v1.0.9 (2015-02-18)

  • Reverting chef_gem compile_time work

v1.0.8 (2015-02-18)

  • Fixing chef_gem with Chef::Resource::ChefGem.method_defined?(:compile_time)

v1.0.7 (2015-02-18)

  • Fixing chef_gem for Chef below 12.1.0

v1.0.6 (2015-02-17)

  • Being explicit about usage of the chef_gem's compile_time property.
  • Eliminating future deprecation warnings in Chef 12.1.0.


  • [COOK-2382]: dynect: foodcritic style change


  • [COOK-2381] - dynect: /etc/hosts entry does not get updated on
  • Amazon Linux due to regex mismatch


  • [COOK-1958] - use chef_gem for runtime gem requirement

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