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managed_automate (9) Versions 0.10.1

Installs and configures a Chef Automate 2 server

cookbook 'managed_automate', '= 0.10.1', :supermarket
cookbook 'managed_automate', '= 0.10.1'
knife supermarket install managed_automate
knife supermarket download managed_automate
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Deploys and configures the Chef Automate 2 server in an airgapped, stateless model.



Installs, restores, or upgrades Chef Automate on a single air-gapped box in a new deployment. Download the chef-automate command before using this recipe (the airgap_bundle recipe does this) and copy it to the node['ma'][chef-automate] location. The AIB, restore, and upgrade files may be URLs or files, similar to this:

node['ma']['install']['file'] = '/tmp/test/automate-20190813170406.aib'
node['ma']['upgrade']['url'] = 'file://localhost/tmp/test/automate-20190820163418.aib'
node['ma']['restore']['file'] = '/tmp/test/automate-backup-20190902064704.tgz'

The server will be tuned for passing Automate's preflight-check and swap will be disabled and the heapsize for Elasticsearch will be set to 1/2 total memory. The license may be referred as a file, URL, or a string in an attribute.


This recipe requires internet access and is used to download the chef-automate CLI and create an airgap installation bundle (AIB file) from the "current" release channel. It copies the downloaded AIB file to a destination directory (the filename may be overridden with an attribute). It will check if new files are available and a full AIB download is currently almost 800 megabytes, so you may want to limit it to daily usage.


Runs chef-automate backup via cron and copies tarballs of the backups to a destination directory. The default is 2:30am daily, but you may change the cron schedule via the following attributes.

node['ma']['backup']['cron']['minute'] = '30'
node['ma']['backup']['cron']['hour'] = '2'
node['ma']['backup']['cron']['day'] = '*'

Testing with Test Kitchen

The included kitchen.yml provides testing scenarios for the following (the 14/15 prefixes indicate which Chef client version is used):

  • aib-download: creates an airgap bundle for installing Automate offline. It writes chef-automate and the .aib files to the shared test directory.
  • aib-filename: creates an airgap bundle for installing Automate offline with a given name set via the node['ma']['aib']['file'] attribute. It writes chef-automate and the .aib files to the shared test directory.
  • default: tests installing from a previously downloaded chef-automate and .aib file. Use the aib-download suite to create this if necessary to the shared test directory.
  • url: tests installing from a previously downloaded .aib and license via URLs.
  • upgrade: tests installing and upgrading an installation.
  • backup: install and configure backups.
  • restore: restore an installation from a backup .tgz and an installation .aib file.
  • full: performs both the airgap bundle creation, restore and scheduling of backups.


The .kitchen.yml sets the VM to have the private IP If you want to use the Automate web UI, you will need to get the self-signed certificate created with the installation

  1. Use knife ssl fetch to pull the
  2. Install the certificate on your workstation. Under MacOS I used the Keychain Access application and did File->Import Items and selected the certificate. I then set the permissions to allow everything and deleted it when I destroyed the Vagrant machine.
  3. Connect to which will redirect to or one of the other suites. This works with Chrome, not Firefox.

You will probably need to update the license, directories and AIB files used for your testing. To use a license key, store it in your policyfiles/default.rb similar to this:

override['ma']['license']['string'] = 'thisisnotareallicence_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.AMNR0uiRQgLsfi-W4dBQ5K6EH1HUSK_AFPSIXzzkEn1gAiLjgGwfB3L7oxxrihgV8w8U8Vsxeal_CGg5GI99le3FAYYt5wdCG-8VZNScVcyL8xCIdPUyl0ZV-NLjyhLzf5JKrl9E1dTBzMrh__OsNx34TgRLZ-xNKNekUAy9sVdyHryf'```

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managed-automate2 CHANGELOG

This file is used to list changes made in each version of the managed-automate2 cookbook.


  • Initial release.
  • airgap_bundle downloads aib file
  • default recipe installs automate


  • default recipe configures to pass preflight check


  • default recipe applies license


  • relax Chef version to 13 from 14, adding sysctl cookbook


  • aib as a URL or a file in the default recipe
  • license as a URL or a string in the default recipe


  • Original AIB filename is now preserved in addition to generic name.
  • Add support for backup recipe and restoring from a backup file.


  • refactored install/restore/upgrade logic to manage upgrades


  • code cleanup and updated tests


  • added Elasticsearch tuning via the private _elasticsearch.rb recipe


  • move to Chef 14/15 and add testing support
  • remove sysctl cookbook dependency



  • catch failures on defined paths with no files


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