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Chef: Powerful Infrastructure Automation by Earl Waud, Matthias Marschall, John Ewart

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Managing virtual machines with Vagrant

Developing Chef cookbooks requires you to run your work in progress cookbooks multiple times on your nodes. To make sure they work, you need a clean, initial state of your nodes every time you run them. You can achieve this by using a virtual machine (VM). However, manually setting up and destroying VMs is tedious and breaks your development flow.

Vagrant is a command-line tool, which provides you with a configurable, reproducible, and portable development environment by enabling you to manage VMs. It lets you define and use preconfigured disk images to create new VMs from. Also, you can configure Vagrant to use provisioners such as Shell scripts, Puppet, or Chef to bring your VM into the desired state.

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