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Chef Infrastructure Automation Cookbook by Matthias Marschall

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Managing Amazon EC2 instances

Amazon Web Services (AWS) include the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) where you can start virtual machines running in the cloud. In this section, we will use Chef to start a new EC2 instance and bootstrap Chef Client on it.

Getting ready

Make sure you have an account at AWS.

To be able to manage EC2 instances with Knife, you need security credentials. It's a good idea to create a new user in the AWS Management Console using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) by following Amazon's documentation: http://docs.aws.amazon.com/IAM/latest/UserGuide/Using_SettingUpUser.html

Note down your new user's AWS Access Key ID and AWS Secret Access Key.

Additionally, you will need to create an SSH key pair and download the private ...

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