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windows (131) Versions 3.0.5

Provides a set of useful Windows-specific primitives.

cookbook 'windows', '= 3.0.5', :supermarket
cookbook 'windows', '= 3.0.5'
knife supermarket install windows
knife supermarket download windows
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Windows Cookbook

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Provides a set of Windows-specific resources to aid in the creation of cookbooks/recipes targeting the Windows platform.



  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows 8, 8.1
  • Windows Server 2012 (R1, R2)


  • Chef 12.6+




  • :create - Create an item to be run at login
  • :remove - Remove an item that was previously setup to run at login


  • name - Name attribute. The name of the value to be stored in the registry
  • program - The program to be run at login
  • args - The arguments for the program


Run BGInfo at login

windows_auto_run 'BGINFO' do
  program 'C:/Sysinternals/bginfo.exe'
  args    '\'C:/Sysinternals/Config.bgi\' /NOLICPROMPT /TIMER:0'
  action  :create


Installs a certificate into the Windows certificate store from a file, and grants read-only access to the private key for designated accounts. Due to current limitations in WinRM, installing certificated remotely may not work if the operation requires a user profile. Operations on the local machine store should still work.


  • :create - creates or updates a certificate.
  • :delete - deletes a certificate.
  • :acl_add - adds read-only entries to a certificate's private key ACL.


  • source - name attribute. The source file (for create and acl_add), thumbprint (for delete and acl_add) or subject (for delete).
  • pfx_password - the password to access the source if it is a pfx file.
  • private_key_acl - array of 'domain\account' entries to be granted read-only access to the certificate's private key. This is not idempotent.
  • store_name - the certificate store to manipulate. One of MY (default : personal store), CA (trusted intermediate store) or ROOT (trusted root store).
  • user_store - if false (default) then use the local machine store; if true then use the current user's store.


# Add PFX cert to local machine personal store and grant accounts read-only access to private key
windows_certificate "c:/test/mycert.pfx" do
    pfx_password    "password"
    private_key_acl    ["acme\fred", "pc\jane"]
# Add cert to trusted intermediate store
windows_certificate "c:/test/mycert.cer" do
    store_name    "CA"
# Remove all certificates matching the subject
windows_certificate "" do
    action :delete


Binds a certificate to an HTTP port in order to enable TLS communication.


  • :create - creates or updates a binding.
  • :delete - deletes a binding.


  • cert_name - name attribute. The thumbprint(hash) or subject that identifies the certificate to be bound.
  • name_kind - indicates the type of cert_name. One of :subject (default) or :hash.
  • address - the address to bind against. Default is (all IP addresses).
  • port - the port to bind against. Default is 443.
  • app_id - the GUID that defines the application that owns the binding. Default is the values used by IIS.
  • store_name - the store to locate the certificate in. One of MY (default : personal store), CA (trusted intermediate store) or ROOT (trusted root store).


# Bind the first certificate matching the subject to the default TLS port
windows_certificate_binding "" do
# Bind a cert from the CA store with the given hash to port 4334
windows_certificate_binding "" do
    cert_name    "d234567890a23f567c901e345bc8901d34567890"
    name_kind    :hash
    store_name    "CA"
    port        4334


BREAKING CHANGE - Version 3.0.0

This resource has been moved from using LWRPs and multiple providers to using Custom Resources. To maintain functionality, you'll need to change provider to install_method.

Windows Roles and Features can be thought of as built-in operating system packages that ship with the OS. A server role is a set of software programs that, when they are installed and properly configured, lets a computer perform a specific function for multiple users or other computers within a network. A Role can have multiple Role Services that provide functionality to the Role. Role services are software programs that provide the functionality of a role. Features are software programs that, although they are not directly parts of roles, can support or augment the functionality of one or more roles, or improve the functionality of the server, regardless of which roles are installed. Collectively we refer to all of these attributes as 'features'.

This resource allows you to manage these 'features' in an unattended, idempotent way.

There are three methods for the windows_feature which map into Microsoft's three major tools for managing roles/features: Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM), Servermanagercmd (The CLI for Server Manager), and PowerShell. As Servermanagercmd is deprecated, Chef will set the default method to :windows_feature_dism if dism.exe is present on the system being configured. The default method will fall back to :windows_feature_servermanagercmd, and then :windows_feature_powershell.

For more information on Roles, Role Services and Features see the Microsoft TechNet article on the topic. For a complete list of all features that are available on a node type either of the following commands at a command prompt:

For Dism:

dism /online /Get-Features

For ServerManagerCmd:

servermanagercmd -query

For PowerShell:



  • :install - install a Windows role/feature
  • :remove - remove a Windows role/feature
  • :delete - remove a Windows role/feature from the image (not supported by ServerManagerCmd)


  • feature_name - name of the feature/role(s) to install. The same feature may have different names depending on the provider used (ie DHCPServer vs DHCP; DNS-Server-Full-Role vs DNS).
  • all - Boolean. Optional. Default: false. DISM and Powershell providers only. Forces all dependencies to be installed.
  • source - String. Optional. DISM provider only. Uses local repository for feature install.
  • install_method - Symbol. Optional. REPLACEMENT FOR THE PREVIOUS PROVIDER OPTION If not supplied, Chef will determine which method to use (in the order of :windows_feature_dism, :windows_feature_servercmd, :windows_feature_powershell)


Install the DHCP Server feature

windows_feature 'DHCPServer' do
  action :install

Install the .Net 3.5.1 feature on Server 2012 using repository files on DVD and install all dependencies

windows_feature "NetFx3" do
  action :install
  all true
  source "d:\sources\sxs"

Remove Telnet Server and Client features

windows_feature ['TelnetServer', 'TelnetClient'] do
  action :remove

Add the SMTP Server feature using the PowerShell provider

windows_feature "smtp-server" do
  action :install
  all true
  install_method :windows_feature_powershell

Install multiple features using one resource with the PowerShell provider

windows_feature ['Web-Asp-Net45', 'Web-Net-Ext45'] do
  action :install
  install_method :windows_feature_powershell


Installs a font.

Font files should be included in the cookbooks


  • :install - install a font to the system fonts directory.


  • name - The file name of the font file name to install. The path defaults to the files/default directory of the cookbook you're calling windows_font from. Defaults to the resource name.
  • source - Set an alternate path to the font file.


windows_font 'Code New Roman.otf'


Sets the Access Control List for an http URL to grant non-admin accounts permission to open HTTP endpoints.


  • :create - creates or updates the ACL for a URL.
  • :delete - deletes the ACL from a URL.


  • url - the name of the url to be created/deleted.
  • sddl - the DACL string configuring all permissions to URL. Mandatory for create if user is not provided. Can't be use with user.
  • user - the name (domain\user) of the user or group to be granted permission to the URL. Mandatory for create if sddl is not provided. Can't be use with sddl. Only one user or group can be granted permission so this replaces any previously defined entry.


windows_http_acl 'http://+:50051/' do
    user 'pc\\fred'
# Grant access to users "NT SERVICE\WinRM" and "NT SERVICE\Wecsvc" via sddl
windows_http_acl 'http://+:5985/' do
  sddl 'D:(A;;GX;;;S-1-5-80-569256582-2953403351-2909559716-1301513147-412116970)(A;;GX;;;S-1-5-80-4059739203-877974739-1245631912-527174227-2996563517)'
windows_http_acl 'http://+:50051/' do
    action :delete


Create and delete TCP/IPv4 printer ports.


  • :create - Create a TCIP/IPv4 printer port. This is the default action.
  • :delete - Delete a TCIP/IPv4 printer port


  • ipv4_address - Name attribute. Required. IPv4 address, e.g. ''
  • port_name - Port name. Optional. Defaults to 'IP_' + ipv4_address
  • port_number - Port number. Optional. Defaults to 9100.
  • port_description - Port description. Optional.
  • snmp_enabled - Boolean. Optional. Defaults to false.
  • port_protocol - Port protocol, 1 (RAW), or 2 (LPR). Optional. Defaults to 1.


Create a TCP/IP printer port named 'IP_10.4.64.37' with all defaults

windows_printer_port '' do
  action :create

Delete a printer port

windows_printer_port '' do
  action :delete

Delete a port with a custom port_name

windows_printer_port '' do
  port_name 'My awesome port'
  action :delete

Create a port with more options

windows_printer_port '' do
  port_name 'My awesome port'
  snmp_enabled true
  port_protocol 2


Create Windows printer. Note that this doesn't currently install a printer driver. You must already have the driver installed on the system.

The Windows Printer LWRP will automatically create a TCP/IP printer port for you using the ipv4_address property. If you want more granular control over the printer port, just create it using the windows_printer_port LWRP before creating the printer.


  • :create - Create a new printer
  • :delete - Delete a new printer


  • device_id - Name attribute. Required. Printer queue name, e.g. 'HP LJ 5200 in fifth floor copy room'
  • comment - Optional string describing the printer queue.
  • default - Boolean. Optional. Defaults to false. Note that Windows sets the first printer defined to the default printer regardless of this setting.
  • driver_name - String. Required. Exact name of printer driver. Note that the printer driver must already be installed on the node.
  • location - Printer location, e.g. 'Fifth floor copy room', or 'US/NYC/Floor42/Room4207'
  • shared - Boolean. Defaults to false.
  • share_name - Printer share name.
  • ipv4_address - Printer IPv4 address, e.g. ''. You don't have to be able to ping the IP address to set it. Required.

An error of "Set-WmiInstance : Generic failure" is most likely due to the printer driver name not matching or not being installed.


Create a printer

windows_printer 'HP LaserJet 5th Floor' do
  driver_name 'HP LaserJet 4100 Series PCL6'
  ipv4_address ''

Delete a printer. Note: this doesn't delete the associated printer port. See windows_printer_port above for how to delete the port.

windows_printer 'HP LaserJet 5th Floor' do
  action :delete


Creates, modifies and removes Windows shares. All properties are idempotent.


  • :create: creates/modifies a share
  • :delete: deletes a share


  • share_name: name attribute, the share name.
  • path: path to the directory to be shared. Required when creating. If the share already exists on a different path then it is deleted and re-created.
  • description: description to be applied to the share
  • full_users: array of users which should have "Full control" permissions
  • change_users: array of users which should have "Change" permissions
  • read_users: array of users which should have "Read" permissions


windows_share "foo" do
  action :create
  path "C:\\foo"
  full_users ["DOMAIN_A\\some_user", "DOMAIN_B\\some_other_user"]
  read_users ["DOMAIN_C\\Domain users"]
windows_share "foo" do
  action :delete


Creates and modifies Windows shortcuts.


  • :create - create or modify a windows shortcut


  • name - name attribute. The shortcut to create/modify.
  • target - what the shortcut links to
  • arguments - arguments to pass to the target when the shortcut is executed
  • description - description of the shortcut
  • cwd - Working directory to use when the target is executed
  • iconlocation - Icon to use, in the format of "path, index" where index is which icon in that file to use (See WshShortcut.IconLocation)


Add a shortcut all users desktop:

require 'win32ole'
all_users_desktop ="WScript.Shell").SpecialFolders("AllUsersDesktop")

windows_shortcut "#{all_users_desktop}/Notepad.lnk" do
  target "C:\\WINDOWS\\notepad.exe"
  description "Launch Notepad"
  iconlocation "C:\\windows\\notepad.exe, 0"

Library Methods

BgInfo = Registry.get_value('HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run','BGINFO')



  • :add - Add an item to the system path
  • :remove - Remove an item from the system path


  • path - Name attribute. The name of the value to add to the system path


Add Sysinternals to the system path

windows_path 'C:\Sysinternals' do
  action :add

Remove 7-Zip from the system path

windows_path 'C:\7-Zip' do
  action :remove


Creates, deletes or runs a Windows scheduled task. Requires Windows Server 2008 due to API usage.


  • :create - creates a task (or updates existing if user or command has changed)
  • :delete - deletes a task
  • :run - runs a task
  • :end - ends a task
  • :change - changes the un/pw or command of a task
  • :enable - enable a task
  • :disable - disable a task


  • task_name - name attribute, The task name. ("Task Name" or "/Task Name")
  • force - When used with create, will update the task.
  • command - The command the task will run.
  • cwd - The directory the task will be run from.
  • user - The user to run the task as. (defaults to 'SYSTEM')
  • password - The user's password. (requires user)
  • run_level - Run with :limited or :highest privileges.
  • frequency - Frequency with which to run the task. (default is :hourly. Other valid values include :minute, :hourly, :daily, :weekly, :monthly, :once, :on_logon, :onstart, :on_idle) :once requires start_time
  • frequency_modifier - Multiple for frequency. (15 minutes, 2 days). Monthly tasks may also use these values": ('FIRST', 'SECOND', 'THIRD', 'FOURTH', 'LAST', 'LASTDAY')
  • start_day - Specifies the first date on which the task runs. Optional string (MM/DD/YYYY)
  • start_time - Specifies the start time to run the task. Optional string (HH:mm)
  • interactive_enabled - (Allow task to run interactively or non-interactively. Requires user and password.)
  • day - For monthly or weekly tasks, the day(s) on which the task runs. (MON - SUN, *, 1 - 31)
  • months - The Months of the year on which the task runs. (JAN, FEB, MAR, APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG, SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC, *). Multiple months should be comma delimited.
  • idle_time - For :on_idle frequency, the time (in minutes) without user activity that must pass to trigger the task. (1 - 999)


Create a chef-client task with TaskPath \ running every 15 minutes

windows_task 'chef-client' do
  user 'Administrator'
  password '$ecR3t'
  cwd 'C:\\chef\\bin'
  command 'chef-client -L C:\\tmp\\'
  run_level :highest
  frequency :minute
  frequency_modifier 15

Update chef-client task with new password and log location

windows_task 'chef-client' do
  user 'Administrator'
  password 'N3wPassW0Rd'
  cwd 'C:\\chef\\bin'
  command 'chef-client -L C:\\chef\\logs\\'
  action :change

Delete a task named old task

windows_task 'old task' do
  action :delete

Enable a task named chef-client

windows_task 'chef-client' do
  action :enable

Disable a task named ProgramDataUpdater with TaskPath \Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\

windows_task '\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\ProgramDataUpdater' do
  action :disable


Most version of Windows do not ship with native cli utility for managing compressed files. This resource provides a pure-ruby implementation for managing zip files. Be sure to use the not_if or only_if meta parameters to guard the resource for idempotence or action will be taken every Chef run.


  • :unzip - unzip a compressed file
  • :zip - zip a directory (recursively)


  • path - name attribute. The path where files will be (un)zipped to.
  • source - source of the zip file (either a URI or local path) for :unzip, or directory to be zipped for :zip.
  • overwrite - force an overwrite of the files if they already exist.
  • checksum - for :unzip, useful if source is remote, if the local file matches the SHA-256 checksum, Chef will not download it.


Unzip a remote zip file locally

windows_zipfile 'c:/bin' do
  source ''
  action :unzip
  not_if {::File.exists?('c:/bin/PsExec.exe')}

Unzip a local zipfile

windows_zipfile 'c:/the_codez' do
  source 'c:/foo/baz/'
  action :unzip

Create a local zipfile

windows_zipfile 'c:/foo/baz/' do
  source 'c:/the_codez'
  action :zip



Helper that allows you to use helpful functions in windows


Returns a hash of all DisplayNames installed

# usage in a recipe
::Chef::Recipe.send(:include, Windows::Helper)
hash_of_installed_packages = installed_packages


  • package_name - The name of the package you want to query to see if it is installed
  • returns - true if the package is installed, false if it the package is not installed

Download a file if a package isn't installed

# usage in a recipe to not download a file if package is already installed
::Chef::Recipe.send(:include, Windows::Helper)
is_win_sdk_installed = is_package_installed?('Windows Software Development Kit')

remote_file 'C:\windows\temp\' do
  source 'http://url_to_download/'
  action :create_if_missing
  not_if {is_win_sdk_installed}

Do something if a package is installed

# usage in a provider
include Windows::Helper
if is_package_installed?('Windows Software Development Kit')
  # do something if package is installed


Helper that allows you to get information of the windows version running on your node. It leverages windows ohai from kernel.os_info, easy to mock and to use even on linux.


Determines whether given node is running on a windows Core.

if ::Windows::VersionHelper.core_version? node
  fail 'Windows Core is not supported'


Determines whether given node is a windows workstation version (XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10)

if ::Windows::VersionHelper.workstation_version? node
  fail 'Only server version of windows are supported'


Determines whether given node is a windows server version (Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2012, Server 2016)

if ::Windows::VersionHelper.server_version? node
  puts 'Server version of windows are cool'


Determines NT version of the given node

case ::Windows::VersionHelper.nt_version node
  when '6.0' then 'Windows vista or Server 2008'
  when '6.1' then 'Windows 7 or Server 2008R2'
  when '6.2' then 'Windows 8 or Server 2012'
  when '6.3' then 'Windows 8.1 or Server 2012R2'
  when '10.0' then 'Windows 10'

Windows ChefSpec Matchers

The Windows cookbook includes custom ChefSpec matchers you can use to test your own cookbooks that consume Windows cookbook LWRPs.

Example Matcher Usage

expect(chef_run).to install_windows_package('Node.js').with(
  source: '')

Windows Cookbook Matchers

  • create_windows_auto_run
  • remove_windows_auto_run
  • create_windows_certificate
  • delete_windows_certificate
  • add_acl_to_windows_certificate
  • create_windows_certificate_binding
  • delete_windows_certificate_binding
  • install_windows_feature
  • install_windows_feature_dism
  • install_windows_feature_servermanagercmd
  • install_windows_feature_powershell
  • remove_windows_feature
  • remove_windows_feature_dism
  • remove_windows_feature_servermanagercmd
  • remove_windows_feature_powershell
  • delete_windows_feature
  • delete_windows_feature_dism
  • delete_windows_feature_powershell
  • install_windows_font
  • create_windows_http_acl
  • delete_windows_http_acl
  • install_windows_package
  • remove_windows_package
  • set_windows_pagefile
  • add_windows_path
  • remove_windows_path
  • create_windows_printer
  • delete_windows_printer
  • create_windows_printer_port
  • delete_windows_printer_port
  • create_windows_shortcut
  • create_windows_shortcut
  • create_windows_task
  • disable_windows_task
  • enable_windows_task
  • delete_windows_task
  • run_windows_task
  • change_windows_task
  • unzip_windows_zipfile_to
  • zip_windows_zipfile_to


Place an explicit dependency on this cookbook (using depends in the cookbook's metadata.rb) from any cookbook where you would like to use the Windows-specific resources/providers that ship with this cookbook.

depends 'windows'

License & Authors

Copyright 2011-2016, Chef Software, Inc.
Copyright 2010, VMware, Inc.
Copyright 2011, Business Intelligence Associates, Inc
Copyright 2012, Nordstrom, Inc.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
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windows Cookbook CHANGELOG

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

3.0.5 (2017-04-07)

  • Add support for windows_task resource to run on non-English editions of Windows
  • Ensure chef-client 12.6 compatibility with action_class.class_eval

3.0.4 (2017-03-29)

  • restoring the cached_file helper as downstream cookbooks use it.

3.0.3 (2017-03-28)

  • Correct a typo in a Log message

3.0.2 (2017-03-21)

  • Fix windows_zipfile resource to properly download and cache the zip archives

3.0.1 (2017-03-17)

  • Fix windows_share to be fully idempotent. Fixes #447

3.0.0 (2017-03-15)

Warning This release includes multiple breaking changes as we refactored all existing resources and resolved many longstanding bugs. We highly recommend exercising caution and fully testing this new version before rolling it out to a production environment.

Breaking changes

  • This cookbook now requires Chef 12.6 or later and we highly recommend even more recent Chef 12 releases as they resolve critical Windows bugs and include new Windows specific functionality.
  • The windows_package resource has been removed as it is built into chef-client 12.6+ and the built in version is faster / more robust.
  • The powershell out helper has been removed as it is now included in chef-client 12.6+
  • The default recipe no longer installs the various Windows rubygems required for non-omnibus chef-client installs. This was a leftover from Chef 10 and is no longer necessary, or desired, as we ship these gems in every Windows chef release.
  • windows_feature has been heavily refactored and in doing so the method used to control the underlying providers has changed. You can no longer specify which windows_feature provider to use by setting node['windows']['feature_provider'] or by setting the provider property on the resource itself. Instead you must set install_method to specify the correct underlying installation method. You can also now reference the resources directly by using windows_feature_servermanagercmd, windows_feature_powershell or windows_feature_dism instead of windows_feature

  • Windows_font's file property has been renamed to name to avoid collisions with the Chef file resource.

Other Changes

  • All LWRPs in this cookbook have been refactored to be custom resources
  • windows_path, windows_shortcut, and windows_zipfile have been updated to be idempotent with support for why-run mode and proper notification when the resources actually update
  • windows_pagefile now validates the name of the pagefile to avoid cryptic error messages
  • A new share resource has been added for setting up Windows shares
  • TrustedPeople certificate store has been added to the list of allowed store_names in the certificate resources
  • version helper constant definitions has been improved
  • A new all property has been added to the Windows feature resource to install all dependent features. See the windows feature test recipe for usage examples.
  • Windows feature now accepts an array of features, which greatly speeds up feature installs and simplifies recipe code
  • The path resource now accepts paths with either forward slashes or backslashes and correctly adds the path using Windows style backslash.
  • The powershell provider for windows_feature resource has been fixed to properly import ServerManager in the :remove action
  • Testing has been switched from a Rakefile to the new Delivery local mode
  • Several issues with testing the resources on non-Windows hosts in ChefSpec have been resolved
  • A new source property has been added to the windows_feature_powershell resource
  • Additional test suites have been added to Test Kitchen to cover all resources and those test suites are now being executed in AppVeyer on every PR
  • Travis CI testing has been removed and all testing is being performed in AppVeyer

2.1.1 (2016-11-23)

  • Make sure the ohai plugin is available when installing features

2.1.0 (2016-11-22)

  • Reduce expensive executions of dism in windows_feature by using a new Ohai plugin
  • Add guard around chef_version metadata for Opsworks and older Chef 12 clients
  • Update the rakefile to the latest
  • Add deprecation dates for the windows_package and powershell functionality that has been moved to core Chef. These will be removed 4/17 when we release Chef 13
  • Provide helper method to get windows version info
  • Allow defining http acl using SDDL

2.0.2 (2016-09-07)

  • Added the powershell_out mixin back to allow for Chef 12.1-12.3 compatibility
  • Set the dependency back to Chef 12.1

2.0.1 (2016-09-07)

  • Clarify the platforms we support in the readme
  • Require Chef 12.4 which included powershell_out

2.0.0 (2016-09-07)

This cookbook now requires Chef 12.1+. Resources (lwrps) that have been moved into the chef-client have been removed from this cookbook. While the functionality in the chef-client is similar, and in many cases improved, the names and properties have changed in some cases. Make sure to check for full documentation on each of these resources, and as usual carefully test your cookbooks before upgrading to this new release.

Removed resources and helpers:

  • windows_reboot provider
  • windows_batch provider
  • windows_registry provider
  • Powershell out for only_if / not_if statements
  • Windows Architecture Helper
  • Reboot handler and the dependency on the chef_handler cookbook

Changes resource behavior

  • For Chef clients 12.6 and later the windows_package provider will no longer be used as windows_package logic is now included in Chef. Chef 12.1 - 12.5.1 clients will continue to default to the windows_package provider in this cookbook for full compatibility.

Additional changes

  • Updated and expanded testing
  • Fixed the windows_feature powershell provider to run on Windows 2008 / 2008 R2
  • Added TrustedPublisher as a valid cert store_name
  • Updated the certificate_binding resource to respect the app_id property
  • Added why-run support to the auto_run resource

1.44.3 (2016-08-16)

  • Remove support for ChefSpec <4.1 in the matchers
  • Add missing Chefspec matchers

1.44.2 (2016-08-15)

  • Add missing windows_font matcher
  • Add chef_version to the metadata
  • Switch from Rubocop to Cookstyle and use our improved Rakefile
  • Remove test deps from the Gemfile that are in ChefDK


  • PR 375 - Fix comparison of string to number in platform_version
  • PR 376 - Switch to cookstyle, update gem deps and other minor stuff
  • PR 377 - add test and check for feature installation through powershell


  • PR 372 - Support Server 2008 for feature installs via PowerShell


  • PR 369 - Add a enable_windows_task matcher


  • PR 365 - Escape command quotes when passing to schtasks


  • PR 364 - Configurable font source


  • PR 357 - Fixes for schtasks
  • PR 359 - take bundler out of the appveyor build
  • PR 356 - Misc fixes and updates
  • PR 355 - bump and pin rubocop, fix broken cop
  • PR 348 - Make notify work for windows_task


  • PR 329 - Silence compile_time warning for chef_gem
  • PR 338 - ChefSpec matchers for windows_certificate
  • PR 341 - Updated rubocop and FoodCritic compliance
  • PR 336 - Fixed where clause compliance with PS v1/v2


  • PR 325 - Raise an error if a bogus feature is given to the powershell windows_feature provider
  • PR 326 - Fix windows_font and copy the font file before installation


  • PR 305 - Added months attribute to windows_task and allow frequency_modifier to accept values 'FIRST', 'SECOND', 'THIRD', 'FOURTH', 'LAST', and 'LASTDAY' for monthly frequency
  • PR 310 - Fix windows_task breaks when there is a space in the user name
  • PR 314 - fixes reboot handling on some chef versions below 11.12
  • PR 317 - Adds a disable_windows_task matcher
  • PR 311 - Implements the cwd attribute of windows_task
  • PR 318 - Use dsl instead of manual resource instanciation
  • PR 303 - Fix http_acl idempotency when user name contains a space
  • PR 257 - Speed up windows_feature dism provider
  • PR 319 - Add a for kitchen testing on Azure
  • PR 315 - Deprecate windows_package and forward to Chef::Provider::Package::Windows when running 12.6 or higher


  • PR 295 - Escape http_acl username
  • PR 293 - Separating assignments to code_script and guard_script as they should be different scripts and not hold the same reference
  • Issue 298 - windows_certificate_binding is ignoring store_name attribute and always saving to MY
  • Issue 296 - Fixes windows_certificate idempotentcy on chef 11 clients


  • Make windows_task resource idempotent (double quotes need to be single when comparing)
  • Issue 245 - Fix No resource, method, or local variable namedpassword' for Chef::Provider::WindowsTask' when interactive_enabled is true


  • Lazy-load windows-pr gem library files. Chef 12.5 no longer includes the windows-pr gem. Earlier versions of this cookbook will not compile on Chef 12.5.

v1.38.1 (2015-07-28)

  • Publishing without extended metadata

v1.38.0 (2015-07-27)

  • Do not set new_resource.password to nil, Fixes #219, Fixes #220
  • Add windows_certificate resource #212
  • Add windows_http_acl resource #214

v1.37.0 (2015-05-14)

  • fix windows_package Chef.set_resource_priority_array warning
  • update windows_task to support tasks in folders
  • fix windows_task delete action
  • replace windows_task name attribute with 'task_name'
  • add :end action to 'windows_task'
  • Tasks created with the windows_task resource default to the SYSTEM account
  • The force attribute for windows_task makes the :create action update the definition.
  • windows_task :create action will force an update of the task if the user or command differs from the currently configured setting.
  • add default provider for windows_feature
  • add a helper to make sure WindowsRebootHandler works in ChefSpec
  • added a source and issues url to the metadata for Supermarket
  • updated the Gemfile and .kitchen.yml to reflect the latest test-kitchen windows guest support
  • started tests using the kitchen-pester verifier

v1.36.6 (2014-12-18)

  • reverting all chef_gem compile_time work

v1.36.5 (2014-12-18)

  • Fix zipfile provider

v1.36.4 (2014-12-18)

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

v1.36.3 (2014-12-18)

  • Fix Chef chef_gem below 12.1.0

v1.36.2 (2014-12-17)

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

v1.36.1 (2014-12-17)

  • PR 160 - Fix Chef 11.10 / versions without windows_package in core

v1.36.0 (2014-12-16)

  • PR 145 - do not fail on non-existant task
  • PR 144 - Add a zip example to the README
  • PR 110 - More zip documentation
  • PR 148 - Add an LWRP for font installation
  • PR 151 - Fix windows_package on Chef 12, add integration tests
  • PR 129 - Add enable/disable actions to task LWRP
  • PR 115 - require Chef::Mixin::PowershellOut before using it
  • PR 88 - Code 1003 from servermanagercmd.exe is valid

v1.34.8 (2014-10-31)

  • Issue 137 - windows_path resource breaks with ruby 2.x

v1.34.6 (2014-09-22)

v1.34.2 (2014-08-12)

  • Issue 99 - Remove rubygems / Internet wmi-lite dependency (PR #108)

v1.34.0 (2014-08-04)

  • Issue 99 - Use wmi-lite to fix Chef 11.14.2 break in rdp-ruby-wmi dependency

v1.32.1 (2014-07-15)

  • Fixes broken cookbook release

v1.32.0 (2014-07-11)

  • Add ChefSpec resource methods to allow notification testing (@sneal)
  • Add use_inline_resources to providers (@micgo)
  • [COOK-4728] - Allow reboot handler to be used as an exception handler
  • [COOK-4620] - Ensure win_friendly_path doesn't error out when ALT_SEPARATOR is nil

v1.31.0 (2014-05-07)

  • [COOK-2934] - Add windows_feature support for 2 new DISM attributes: all, source

v1.30.2 (2014-04-02)

  • [COOK-4414] - Adding ChefSpec matchers

v1.30.0 (2014-02-14)

  • [COOK-3715] - Unable to create a startup task with no login
  • [COOK-4188] - Add powershell_version method to return Powershell version

v1.12.8 (2014-01-21)

  • [COOK-3988] Don't unescape URI before constructing it.

v1.12.6 (2014-01-03)

  • [COOK-4168] Circular dep on powershell - moving powershell libraries into windows. removing dependency on powershell


Fixing depend/depends typo in metadata.rb



  • COOK-4110 - feature_servermanager installed? method regex bug



  • COOK-3793 - parens inside parens of don't render

New Feature

  • COOK-3714 - Powershell features provider and delete support.



  • COOK-3724 - Rrecommend built-in resources over cookbook resources
  • COOK-3515 - Remove unprofessional comment from library
  • COOK-3455 - Add Windows Server 2012R2 to windows cookbook version helper


  • COOK-3542 - Fix an issue where windows_zipfile fails with LoadError
  • COOK-3447 - Allow Overriding Of The Default Reboot Timeout In windows_reboot_handler
  • COOK-3382 - Allow windows_task to create on_logon tasks
  • COOK-2098 - Fix and issue where the windows_reboot handler is ignoring the reboot time

New Feature

  • COOK-3458 - Add support for start_date and start_time in windows_task



  • [COOK-3126]: windows_task should support the on start frequency
  • [COOK-3127]: Support the force option on task create and delete



  • [COOK-2899]: windows_feature fails when a feature install requires a reboot
  • [COOK-2914]: Foodcritic failures in Cookbooks
  • [COOK-2983]: windows cookbook has foodcritic failures


  • [COOK-2686]: Add Windows Server 2012 to version.rb so other depending chef scripts can detect Windows Server 2012


When using Windows qualified filepaths (C:/foo), the #absolute? method for URI returns true, because "C" is the scheme.

This change checks that the URI is http or https scheme, so it can be passed off to remote_file appropriately.

  • [COOK-2729] - allow only http, https URI schemes


  • [COOK-2729] - helper should use URI rather than regex and bare string


  • [COOK-968] - windows_package provider should gracefully handle paths with spaces
  • [COOK-222] - windows_task resource does not declare :change action
  • [COOK-241] - Windows cookbook should check for redefined constants
  • [COOK-248] - Windows package install type is case sensitive


  • [COOK-2336] - MSI That requires reboot returns with RC 3010 and causes chef run failure
  • [COOK-2368] - version attribute of the windows_package provider should be documented


Important: Use powershell in nodes expanded run lists to ensure powershell is downloaded, as powershell has a dependency on this cookbook; v1.8.0 created a circular dependency.

  • [COOK-2301] - windows 1.8.0 has circular dependency on powershell


  • [COOK-2126] - Add checksum attribute to windows_zipfile
  • [COOK-2142] - Add printer and printer_port LWRPs
  • [COOK-2149] - Chef::Log.debug Windows Package command line
  • [COOK-2155] -windows_package does not send checksum to cached_file in installer_type


  • [COOK-1745] - allow for newer versions of rubyzip


  • [COOK-2048] - undefined method for Falseclass on task :change when action is :nothing (and task doesn't exist)
  • [COOK-2049] - Add windows_pagefile resource


  • [COOK-1251] - Fix LWRP "NotImplementedError"
  • [COOK-1921] - Task LWRP will return true for resource exists when no other scheduled tasks exist
  • [COOK-1932] - Include :change functionality to windows task lwrp


  • [COOK-1571] - windows_package resource (with msi provider) does not accept spaces in filename
  • [COOK-1581] - Windows cookbook needs a scheduled tasks LWRP
  • [COOK-1584] - windows_registry should support all registry types


  • [COOK-1173] - windows_registry throws Win32::Registry::Error for action :remove on a nonexistent key
  • [COOK-1182] - windows package sets start window title instead of quoting a path
  • [COOK-1476] - zipfile lwrp should support :zip action
  • [COOK-1485] - package resource fails to perform install correctly when "source" contains quote
  • [COOK-1519] - add action :remove for path lwrp


  • [COOK-1033] - remove the libraries/ruby_19_patches.rb file which causes havoc on non-Windows systems.
  • [COOK-811] - add a timeout parameter attribute for windows_package


  • [COOK-1323] - Update for changes in Chef 0.10.10.

    • Setting file mode doesn't make sense on Windows (package provider
    • and reboot_handler recipe)
    • Prefix ::Win32 to avoid namespace collision with Chef::Win32
    • (registry_helper library)
    • Use chef_gem instead of gem_package so gems get installed correctly under the Ruby environment Chef runs in (reboot_handler recipe, zipfile provider)


  • [COOK-1037] - specify version for rubyzip gem
  • [COOK-1007] - windows_feature does not work to remove features with dism
  • [COOK-667] - shortcut resource + provider for Windows platforms


  • [COOK-939] - add type parameter to windows_registry to allow binary registry keys.
  • [COOK-940] - refactor logic so multiple values get created.


  • FIX: Older Windows (Windows Server 2003) sometimes return 127 on successful forked commands
  • FIX: windows_package, ensure we pass the WOW* registry redirection flags into


  • patch to fix [CHEF-2684], Open4 is named Open3 in Ruby 1.9
  • Ruby 1.9's Open3 returns 0 and 42 for successful commands
  • retry keyword can only be used in a rescue block in Ruby 1.9


  • windows_package - catch Win32::Registry::Error that pops up when searching certain keys


  • combined numerous helper libarires for easier sharing across libaries/LWRPs
  • renamed Chef::Provider::WindowsFeature::Base file to the more descriptive feature_base.rb
  • refactored windows_path LWRP

    • :add action should MODIFY the the underlying ENV variable (vs CREATE)
    • deleted greedy :remove action until it could be made more idempotent
  • added a windows_batch resource/provider for running batch scripts remotely


  • [COOK-745] gracefully handle required server restarts on Windows platform

    • WindowsRebootHandler for requested and pending reboots
    • windows_reboot LWRP for requesting (receiving notifies) reboots
    • reboot_handler recipe for enabling WindowsRebootHandler as a report handler
  • [COOK-714] Correct initialize misspelling

  • RegistryHelper - new get_values method which returns all values for a particular key.


  • [COOK-719] resource/provider for managing windows features
  • [COOK-717] remove windows_env_vars resource as env resource exists in core chef
  • new Windows::Version helper class
  • refactored Windows::Helper mixin


  • added force_modify action to windows_registry resource
  • add win_friendly_path helper
  • re-purpose default recipe to install useful supporting windows related gems


  • [COOK-700] new resources and improvements to the windows_registry provider (thanks Paul Morton!)

    • Open the registry in the bitednes of the OS
    • Provide convenience methods to check if keys and values exit
    • Provide convenience method for reading registry values
    • NEW - windows_auto_run resource/provider
    • NEW - windows_env_vars resource/provider
    • NEW - windows_path resource/provider
  • re-write of the windows_package logic for determining current installed packages

  • new checksum attribute for windows_package resource...useful for remote packages


  • [COOK-647] account for Wow6432Node registry redirecter
  • [COOK-656] begin/rescue on win32/registry


  • [COOK-612] initial release

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