Test Chef cookbooks locally on a virtual workstation

When you use a virtual machine to write your Chef cookbooks you may want to test them locally with Vagrant. This nested virtual machine cannot use a 64 bit operating system, because to run a 64 bit virtual machine, the host computer’s CPU has to provide the CPU Extensions. Currently only physical CPUs can provide […]

Could not load the ‘vagrant’ driver from the load path

When you execute the kitchen converge command to launch a virtual machine on your workstation with the Vagrant driver, you may get the error message: >>>>> ——Exception——- >>>>>> Class: Kitchen::ClientError >>>>>> Message: Could not load the ‘vagrant’ driver from the load path. Please ensure that your driver is installed as a gem or included in […]

Vagrant installation

 Vagrant Installation Warning! The new versions of Vagrant delete the contents of the /opt/vagrant directory. If you want to keep old versions of Vagrant, first move them out of the /opt directory. Download Vagrant from https://www.vagrantup.com/ and follow the instructions to install it. Select DOWNLOAD… Select the operating system of your workstation. For Ubuntu: Debian RedHat: Centos […]

Keep multiple versions of applications on Macintosh

Most of the DevOps tools are still in beta versions, many times the new version is not compatible with your existing scripts or have an error that stops your scripts working. To be able to keep multiple versions of the applications and easily switch between them, create symbolic links and point to the version you […]

Launch Windows instances locally with Chef Test Kitchen

Most Linux distributions are free, and do not require product keys to launch them. The steps below are based on the great article at http://kitchen.ci/blog/test-kitchen-windows-test-flight-with-vagrant/ I have summarized the steps below to create a free Virtual Box Windows Server 2012R2 image on your workstation, so Test Kitchen can use Vagrant and Virtual Box to launch Windows instances and test cookbooks […]