ChefConf 2017

About ChefConf 2017

ChefConf 2017 was held at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas From May 22 through the 24th, with over 1,500 in attendance. The event spanned three lively days filled with inspired discussions, collaborative presentations, and in-depth technical training related to the DevOps workflow, infrastructure automation and continuous application delivery.

Keynote Speakers

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Ken Cheney

Company: Chef
Title: CMO

John Gossman

Company: Microsoft
Title: Lead Architect

Nathen Harvey

Company: Chef
Title: VP Community Development

Kelsey Hightower

Company: Google
Title: Chief Advocate

Adam Jacob

Company: Chef
Title: CTO & Co-Founder

Carmen Krueger

Company: SAP NS2
Title: Sr. VP and GM, Cloud Operations

Eric Schneider

Company: Verisk Analytics
Title: CTO

Scott Wiltamuth

Company: AWS
Title: Vice President, Developer and Management Tools

Barry Crist

Company: Chef
Title: CEO

Dominik Richter

Company: Chef
Title: Product Manager, Chef Compliance

Seth Falcon

Company: Chef
Title: VP Engineering

Mike Ryan

Company: Verisk Analytics
Title: Cloud Architect

Robert Stroud

Company: Forrester Research
Title: Principal Analyst, Infrastructure & Operations

Featured Talks

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Alan Thatcher

Company: Navy Federal Credit Union
Title: ISD Enginner

Amulya Sharma

Company: GE Digital
Title: Staff Software Engineer

Andrew DuFour

Company: Chef
Title: Customer Engineer

Andrew Holt

Company: Absa Bank
Title: VP Engineering Manager

Annie Hedgpeth

Company: 10th Magnitude
Title: Cloud Automation Engineer

Annie Hsieh

Company: Square Root
Title: Software Engineer

Micheal Hedgpeth

Company: NCR
Title: Senior Software Architect

Barry Crist

Company: Chef
Title: CEO

Benjamin Hinson

Company: Absa Bank
Title: Engineering Manager

Brian O'Connell

Company: IBM
Title: Master Inventor, Sr. Technical Staff Member

Brian Turner

Company: Chef
Title: Director of Learning Services

Chris Antenesse

Company: Socotra
Title: Sr. Software Engineer - Infrastructure

Dan Webb

Company: Web Agile Soluitons Ltd.
Title: WebOps Engineer

David Justice

Company: Microsoft
Title: Sr. Software Engineer

Deepak Sihag

Company: GE Digital
Title: Sr. Software Engineer

Douglas Lee

Company: Amazon AWS
Title: Head, Solution Architecture, Strategic ISV Partners

Eli Schilling

Company: AWS
Title: Technical Training Manager

Eric Maxwell

Company: Chef
Title: Solutions Engineer

Fletcher Nichol

Company: Chef
Title: Engineering Lead

George Marshall

Company: Media Temple
Title: Software Developer

George Miranda

Company: Chef
Title: Product Marketing

Hannah Maddy

Company: Chef
Title: UX Designer

Ian Henry

Company: Chef
Title: Technical Community Advocate

Jamie Winsor

Company: Chef
Title: Habitat Engineering Lead

Jared Reimer

Company: Cascadeo
Title: CTO

Jean-Paul Robinson

Company: SAP NS2
Title: Senior Automation Engineer

Jeff Hackert

Company: Soylent
Title: VP of Engineering

Jody Wolfborn

Company: Chef
Title: Solutions Architect

John Byrne

Company: Chef
Title: Solutions Engineer

John Ray

Company: Shadow-Soft
Title: Sr. Consultant

Joseph Gonzalez

Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Title: Solutions Architect

Joseph Holsten

Company: Enlighten
Title: Infrastructure Engineer

Josh O'Brien

Company: Chef
Title: Customer Engineer

Justin Dossey

Company: New Context
Title: Chief Solutions Architect

Kevin Reedy

Company: Chef
Title: Customer Architect

Kimball Johnson

Company: Chef
Title: Success Engineer

Lisa Phillips

Company: Fastly
Title: VP of SRE

Nathen Harvey

Company: Chef
Title: VP Community Development

Mark Rambow

Company: Amazon AWS
Title: Systems Engineer

Matt Stratton

Company: Chef
Title: Customer Architect

Matt Wrock

Company: Chef
Title: Software Development Engineer

Meg Cassidy

Company: Nuna, Inc.
Title: Corporate Security Engineer

Melissa Hernandez

Company: Navy Federal Credit Union
Title: ISD Service Manager

Michael Ducy

Company: Chef
Title: Director of Product Marketing

Micheal Hedgpeth

Company: NCR
Title: Senior Software Architect

Morgan Drake

Company: Chef
Title: Solutions Architect

Nadezda Zryanina

Company: Amazon AWS
Title: Software Development Engineer

Nell Shamrell-Harrington

Company: Chef
Title: Sr. Software Development Engineer

Paul DeCarlo

Company: Microsoft
Title: Sr. Software Development Engineer

Rhea Ghosh

Company: HERE
Title: Infrastructure Engineer

Robert Wood

Company: Nuna, Inc.
Title: Head of Security and Compliance

Sandra Tiffin

Company: Cascadeo
Title: Sr. Consulting DevOps Engineer

Scott Prugh

Company: CSG
Title: Chief Architect & VP Software Development

Sean Carolan

Company: Chef
Title: Partner Solutions Architect

Seth Vargo

Company: HashiCorp
Title: Director of Technical Advocacy

Stephen Lauck

Company: Chef
Title: Software Engineer

Steve Del Fante

Company: Chef
Title: Curriculum Developer

Larry Eichenbaum

Company: Chef
Title: Engineering Consultant

Steve Murawski

Company: Chef
Title: Principal Software Development Engineer

Thomas Cate

Company: Chef
Title: Customer Engineer

Tim Smith

Company: Chef
Title: Community Engineer

Tyler Fitch

Company: Chef
Title: Customer Architect

Victoria Jeffrey

Company: Chef
Title: SDE

Yvonne Lam

Company: Chef
Title: Release Enginer


    • Operating Chef Automate

      Presented by: Andrew DuFour (Chef), Josh O'Brien (Chef), Thomas Cate (Chef)

      This session will provide hands on experience with installing and managing Chef Automate, which includes a Chef Server, a Chef Automate server, Compliance server, and build nodes that run jobs scheduled by Chef Automate. We will explore through problem solving activities how to ensure that Chef Automate is operating to meet the needs of your business.
    • Managing DevOps Teams (new rules for radical management)

      Presented by: Jeff Hackert (Soylent), Brian Turner (Chef)

      The individuals and teams that you manage are changing the way they work. The expectations of you as their manager are also changing. Are you ready for the transformation? It is likely that you are now managing the people but not the work. The value of management in this radical new world has never been greater so this workshop will focus on tools, techniques, and culture and guide you to grow as leader and to manage high performance, high velocity teams.
    • Compliance as Code with InSpec

      Presented by: Larry Eichenbaum (Chef), Steve Del Fante (Chef)

      How can you ensure that your systems are secure without slowing down your deployments? With Chef Compliance, you express your security requirements as code and automate the assessment and remediation of your infrastructure. In this workshop, you will learn how to install and configure the Chef Compliance server, perform compliance scans against Windows and Linux nodes, remediate compliance issues, and generate compliance reports.

      In addition, you will learn how to use InSpec, Chef's open source testing framework for infrastructure. You will create and modify Chef Compliance profiles and also locate Center for Internet Security (CIS) and Department of Defense (DoD) compliance specifications that you can use to write Chef Compliance profiles. This workshop includes hands-on exercises to reinforce the material.
    • Making Windows Work For You

      Presented by: Steve Murawski (Chef)

      Chef has a long history of making Windows Server management more delightful. However, there are a handful of patterns and some useful tools and APIs that can make managing Windows Server with Chef an absolute pleasure! In this class, we'll highlight challenging use cases and how Chef can automate production-ready Windows server environments.
    • Zero to Application Automation with Habitat

      Presented by: Eric Maxwell (Chef), Ian Henry (Chef)

      We'll start out with a deep dive into Habitat and how it works. You'll see some demos, then we'll jump in and build out a few Habitat plans, create .hart artifacts, export them to Docker, and watch it all come together! Join us as we go from Zero to Application Automation. You'll walk away from this workshop fully enabled to build your own Habitat artifacts and feeling' like a bad-ass.
      * NOTE: Please come to the workshop with a working Docker environment!
    • AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate Bootcamp

      Presented by: Eli Schilling (AWS)

      AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate is the new and improved way to use Chef Automate with AWS OpsWorks. This offering is a managed service supported by AWS. Although many maintenance aspects of your Chef Automate service are now managed automatically, there are a few things to know about how to operate the service, manage and provision your AWS infrastructure, and how to make changes to your applications. In this course we'll spend some hands on time showing you the ins and outs of working with AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate to manage your AWS deployments.
    • Extending Cookbooks - Custom Resources & Ohai Plugins

      Presented by: John Byrne (Chef)

      In this session you will learn how to power up your cookbooks to achieve awesome outcomes. Extending your cookbooks with custom resources will increase clarity within your recipes and provide resources that are portable to other cookbooks. Ohai plugins gather data from your nodes that will aid in more dynamic recipes and extensive reporting. This is a hands on workshop, so come prepared to learn!
    • Managing Secrets with Chef

      Presented by: Sandra Tiffin (Cascadeo)

      Managing infrastructure requires you to coordinate interactions between applications and individuals. Enabling secure communication between the two relies on a number of systems trusting one another. In practice, this means distributing keys, passwords, and certificates. Handling these secrets securely can definitely be a challenge.
      In this workshop, Sandi Tiffin, a Chef expert and consultant from Cascadeo, will cover why it is important to manage secrets and how you can do it with Chef and tools such as encrypted data bags and Chef Vault. When you're done, you'll see why security through encryption is preferable to security through obscurity, be able to safely manage secrets with Chef, and know where to go to learn even more.
    • Elegant Tests

      Presented by: Kimball Johnson (Chef)

      The tests you write across all your cookbooks require as much or more effort than maintaining the cookbooks that you have written. Quite a bit of boilerplate code is required to verify all the recipes, resources, and helpers. This also means quite a bit of duplication between cookbooks. In this workshop you will use techniques to bring eloquence to your cookbook’s tests by eliminating redundancy, rebuilding common patterns into helpers, and extracting those helpers into a portable library of code.
      - Refactoring tests for elegance
      - Crafting reusable testing resources and helper
      - Extracting testing resources into a Ruby gem
    • Automation Tools Bootcamp

      Presented by: Tyler Fitch (Chef)

      The Automation Tools Bootcamp is a tutorial for individuals looking for exposure to and usage of new IT automation tools. We will learn about and then use Git, Vagrant, Chef, Packer, Terraform and InSpec to deploy a small application in local VMs.
      We will cover a progression of tasks, leveraging information from previous sections to deploy a small app that runs identically on your local development machine or on a shared server. Get rid of the “it works for me” mentality when you know your local VM is identical to your co-workers' and your shared environments.

      These automation tools are freely available to engineers, enabling them to safely break local environments until the change in configuration has been perfected. Basic exposure to these tools will allow attendees to return to work with new ways to tackle the problems they face daily.
    • Chef Essentials - Local Cookbook Development

      Presented by: Jody Wolfborn (Chef)

      Chef Essentials is a comprehensive introduction to Chef architecture, as well as the Chef Development Kit (ChefDK) and its associated tools. At the end of this class, you will understand how to use Chef resources to create recipes and cookbooks, and how to use templates to automate your infrastructure's configuration, deployment, and management.
    • Chef Automate Workflow

      Presented by: Kevin Reedy (Chef)

      In this workshop, participants will learn how to use Chef Automate Workflow to manage changes to both infrastructure and application code. You will learn how to submit cookbooks and other infrastructure configurations through the Chef Automate workflow pipeline stages: Verify, Build, Acceptance, Union, Rehearsal, and Delivered (Production). You will also learn how to configure and use Run-time Dependencies in Chef Automate Workflow and explain the concepts of the delivery-truck cookbook.


  • "Acing" Infrastructure Testing with Chef

    Presented by: Brian O'Connell (IBM)

    Sports move fast; infrastructure testing has to keep pace. The team responsible for the cloud that powers Wimbledon, The US Open and some of the world's largest sporting events uses Chef to manage their infrastructure. Developing a testing framework presented many challenges, including: Scaling infrastructure testing to handle a distributed enterprise. Testing in remote locations without the fastest internet speeds. Contending with the Great Firewall in China. The team has spent 100s of hours optimizing test environments to support fast testing by distributed teams. Learn how the team approached test optimization, what worked and what failed.
  • Beyond the Cookbook: Using Workflow to Bring Continuous Delivery to Any Project

    Presented by: Jean-Paul Robinson (SAP NS2)

    While we all know workflow provides an easy way to do continuous integration/delivery for cookbooks, we also all have other parts that need to be developed and maintained for a successful DevOps environment. This talk will provide information on how to extend the power of delivery to those other projects, and provide the basics needed to understand creating build cookbooks well enough to create one for any project. Topics covered: Understanding the build cookbook, what the phases of the build cookbook are, and how workflow uses them. Using dependencies to tie together both cookbook and non-cookbook items. Demo: Using workflow to build a small web application including building the Web server from source, and delivering to an end environment.
  • STIG Automation w/ Chef and Inspec

    Presented by: John Ray (Shadow-Soft)

    The DoD's Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) are the baseline for a vast majority of companies, But with 9 different profiles, and hundreds of individual action items how do you even begin? Join me as we look at how to use InSpec to ingest STIG data, how to read and determine what STIGs apply to you, and how to remediate those STIGs with Chef. We will explore the anatomy of a well written InSpec control and some of the more complex Chef and Ruby resources that allow you to successfully implement security hardening. Learn how to edit files in place, search and replace documents, and lessons learned from implementing the RHEL 6 STIG in both on premise and cloud environments.
  • Using Chef for Patch Level Compliance in the Enterprise

    Presented by: Stephen Lauck (Chef)

    Co-presented by Chef+customer we tell the story of how Chef compliance was used to migrate a large enterprise from BladeLogic patching to using Chef and Chef compliance to solve patching. Details around Windows versus Linux patching, how to manage the actual patching strategy using tools like WSUS/Shavlik/Sattellite and how to verify up to 60k nodes are patched and compliant. Much color commentary will be provided on how the cultural/technical change was coached and "sold in" as part of a greater automation story that leads to topics of remediation and the full DevOps workflow. Everyone loves a success story and there is much to learn from even the non-cutting-edge of patching and compliance.
  • The Road More Traveled: Putting Transformation Back on the Rails

    Presented by: George Miranda (Chef)

    DevOps transformation works in seemingly mysterious ways: some organizations thrive like unicorns while others spin their wheels and make little progress.

    Why do some companies manage to nail it while others struggle to make it past finding the right hammer? There's plenty of conjecture at any conference, so instead let's drop some science. In this talk, we'll look at a wide set of data sources that tell us objectively what works by the numbers. We'll unpack the numbers in those emergent patterns and examine what they mean and what behaviors they represent. We'll also look at how tools shape outcomes and examine what choices make the difference between driving change and struggling to stay afloat.

    Along the way, we'll look to Chef Automate for examples and we'll break down practical places to dig in if your teams are losing traction.
  • Ephemeral Apps with Chef, Terraform, Nomad, and Habitat

    Presented by: Seth Vargo (HashiCorp)

    In addition to composition and portability, one of the more commonly overlooked advantages of moving to microservices, containers, and infrastructure-as-a-Service is the ability to create highly-ephemeral, one-off environments for almost any purpose. Imagine a world where a code change can be tested in a completely isolated environment where 100% of the resources are ephemeral. Say goodbye to long-lived staging or QA environments and say hello to Chef, Terraform, Nomad, and Habitat. Terraform and Chef provide the foundation to build and provision infrastructure resources for your application. Running in parallel, these tools can often provision all the infrastructure required for a cluster in 2-3 minutes. Part of that process installs Nomad, an application scheduler akin to Mesos or Kubernetes, and the supporting resources for Habitat, which enables you to automate any app on any platform. Joined together, this toolset enables rapid development, testing, QA, staging, and more. This demo-driven talk with go from nothing to fully-empheral in snap of, press of a button.
  • WinRM: Ride the Adventure!

    Presented by: Matt Wrock (Chef)

    You just want to connect to a remote Windows machine. Sometimes it "just works." Sometimes it doesn't and it's not clear why. We'll dissect some typical WinRM failures. I'll point out the questions to ask and some basic commands (for Windows and Linux) to run that will help you navigate your way to diagnosing your issue and hopefully leading to a successful connection. We'll look at the key points that influence WinRM connectivity and how they need to be configured to facilitate communication between nodes. We'll focus on some nuances specific to various Chef ecosystem tools that affect these settings and how you can configure these tools for the least amount of friction. What has changed and progressed in the last year with regards to the Ruby WinRM client used by knife-windows, Chef provisioning, Vagrant and Test Kitchen? How can you leverage these changes to provide a better remote experience? What works and does not work over WinRM and how can you work around the limitations?
  • Providing Monitoring Result Data to Chef

    Presented by: Justin Dossey (New Context)

    Monitoring systems generate a wide variety of data relating to the health and state of services and data all over the network. This data is often useful to resources and recipes, but the check results themselves may reside on a separate server. Chefs are then forced to reimplement the checks themselves, leading to duplication of effort and the opportunity for confusion (when the reimplementation results do not match the original in all cases). In this talk, we will explore ways to make monitoring results easily available to Chef, leading to simpler code, better visibility, and faster, more reliable development.
  • Managed Chef in the Cloud: Introducing AWS Opsworks for Chef Automate

    Presented by: Douglas Lee (Amazon AWS), Sean Carolan (Chef)

    Did you know you can buy Chef Automate directly from AWS? AWS Opsworks now offers managed instances of Chef Automate with easy setup, scheduled backups and upgrades, native API endpoints, and hourly per-node billing. This talk will include the basics of Chef Automate, AWS Opsworks features and benefits, and a live demo.
  • Python Applications with Habitat

    Presented by: George Marshall (Media Temple)

    Learn how to effectively deploy Python-based applications with Habitat. This is a tale of the effort behind deploying a Sentry (real-time error tracking) cluster to production. Covering the things I wish that I had known when getting started and helping you avoid the same mistakes.
  • Faking Coherence for Engineers

    Presented by: Yvonne Lam (Chef)

    Many of us have kicked ourselves after giving a bad explanation of a familiar topic or sounding less than competent when discussing a less-familiar one. This talk will cover how we improve at sharing what we know and at being clear about what we don't know, both as individuals and as teams.
  • Managing Your Systems on Microsoft Azure with Chef

    Presented by: David Justice (Microsoft), Paul DeCarlo (Microsoft)

    In this session, we will explore the building blocks of Chef, assemble the pieces, and demonstrate how it all works on Microsoft Azure. There will be several practical demonstrations showcasing how to use Chef to configure your virtual machines (VMs) and your infrastructure in Azure, and to automate your enterprise compliance. The session will bridge infrastructure as code as well as immutable infrastructure via Chef Habitat. Habitat particularly shines in striking the right balance between manageability, portability, and consistency in managing a fleet of microservice applications. We will also explore how we make it easy to run Habitat applications in Azure Container Service – Kubernetes.
  • Credit Union, AIX, and DevOps Oh My

    Presented by: Alan Thatcher (Navy Federal Credit Union), Melissa Hernandez (Navy Federal Credit Union)

    This talk focuses on introducing a modern, DevOps approach to infrastructure to a legacy organization. We will cover how to convert "curmudgeonly" team members to a new product and workflow, as well as introducing Chef and DevOps to non-infrastructure teams.
  • Chef Cookbook Testing Like a Pro

    Presented by: Tim Smith (Chef)

    Automated infrastructure allows us to move fast, but moving fast is scary without proper testing. Where to start though? The state of the art in Chef cookbook testing has changed rapidly in the last few years with the introduction of new and improved tools and much of what you'll find in Web searches is often outdated. In this presentation I'll give an overview of the available tools for testing and techniques to avoid busy work in your testing. We'll cover cookbook linting, unit testing, and integration testing using Cookstyle, ChefSpec, and Test Kitchen / InSpec. We'll also cover wiring up your testing in Travis CI to perform full integration tests on every PR.
  • Cooking Up Security for the Modern macOS Fleet

    Presented by: Meg Cassidy (Nuna, Inc.), Robert Wood (Nuna, Inc.)

    The risks faced by corporate IT teams have been rapidly changing in recent years, causing us to forego many of our previous assumptions about security, perimeters, and endpoint management in particular. To lay a foundation, we will discuss our assessment of the organization's corporate IT attack surface, as well as our corporate IT threat model and technology stack. We will delve into the processes and technologies we rely on to mitigate these known and unknown risks, with a focus on how we are utilizing Chef for securing our macOS-based fleet.
  • Adding Developers to the DevOps Process

    Presented by: Annie Hsieh (Square Root)

    As a developer, you don't really think you'll ever get deep into Chef code. As an ops person, you're not sure you want developers messing with your infrastructure anyway. Those were mindsets present at our company until about a year ago. With more software being written and deployed as the company grew and our ops team getting closer to burnout dealing with it all, something about our process had to change. The developers and ops team came to a mutual agreement that the developers should join in to learn how to work with our Chef deployment infrastructure. This talk will cover the process taken to get buy in from developers and how we spread the Chef knowledge around. In addition to less pressure on our ops people, this talk will cover additional benefits gained. Then it will conclude with a few pitfalls that you need to be aware of if you want to go through a similar process with your development team.
  • An Approach to Air-Gapped Deployment

    Presented by: Joseph Gonzalez (Sandia National Laboratories)

    Pitfalls, brick walls, and struggles I faced while navigating the seas of Internet dependent software in an air-gapped environment. This discussion will be from the perspective of a new member of the Chef community, Sandia National Laboratories. Our team has been researching and adopting DevOps techniques to automate our workflows and deliverables. Being one of the architects tasked with exploring Chef as a solution to configuration management, I have had the pleasure to design some of our development process and architecture. This process is continually evolving to suit our specific needs. All of our products are deployed to air-gapped production environments. We are working toward not only using Chef to build our environments but also delivering our environments as fully functional Chef organizations to ensure our contracted work is predictable after delivery. Having developed a mechanism to accomplish this, I would like to share my lessons learned and our approach for developing an [Abstract cut off due to character limit. Please provide us with concise, complete abstract. Thank you!
  • My Journey Into Technology Through InSpec

    Presented by: Annie Hedgpeth (10th Magnitude)

    With the growing demand for developers, the IT industry is tasked with bringing more workers into the field. Stereotypes and ignorance are a major blocker to this initiative. With the shortage of security and compliance professionals combined with the industry's desire to move security left, it is dire that we think outside of the box to find a solution. My journey into technology (from a background in film and art) begins by learning the InSpec framework and creating a website and using version control for the first time to blog about my journey. I attained the skills necessary to become a cloud automation engineer in 4 months, and I am continuing the narrative into my consulting career by leveraging InSpec and moving security left.
  • How Habitat can Boost your Chef Ecosystem

    Presented by: Amulya Sharma (GE Digital), Deepak Sihag (GE Digital)

    Attend this to learn how you can take advantage of Habitat and enhance your current Chef-based ecosystem. We will share our journey and learnings from building "software as a service delivery system" with Chef and how Habitat's packaging, supervision and service discovery made it simpler, faster and more reliable. You will take home: Where to use Chef and where to introduce Habitat. Benefits of using Habitat. How distributed and complex system deployment can be simplified with Habitat. You will see Chef and Habitat live, in action, delivering a highly available ELK stack (ElasticSearch, Logstash and Kibana) within minutes.
  • DevOps Transformation at Absa Bank: Technical Evolution; Cultural Revolution

    Presented by: Andrew Holt (Absa Bank), Benjamin Hinson (Absa Bank)

    There is one thing that makes up DevOps. Tools. Tools and process. Okay two things. Tools, process and culture. Among the things that make up DevOps, tools, process and culture are three. And of course, nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition, which makes it tough to get teams to buy into new ways of doing things. We are delighted to share our DevOps transformation journey with you. First, there's the technical journey, such as how we are automating our infrastructure, and our software engineering practices (see Then there's the process journey such as how we have redefined our SDLC to remove friction, and our use of scrum. Finally, there's the cultural journey, such as how we're forming teams around customer value rather than functional silos, as well as our guerilla marketing campaigns (see Software mediates every interaction with our customers and the purpose of our transformation is to increase our ability to deliver higher quality software at higher velocity in the pursuit of customer value.
  • Incident Command at the Edge

    Presented by: Lisa Phillips (Fastly)

    As a content delivery network, Fastly operates a large internetwork and a global application environment. Fastly developed its Incident Command protocol, which it uses to deal with large-scale events. Lisa will cover in detail the typical struggles a company Fastly's size runs into when building around-the-clock incident operations and the things Fastly has put in place to make dealing with incidents easier and more effective. She will also cover common mistakes and lessons learned as Fastly continuously improves its Incident Management framework.
  • Chef Vault: A Deep Technical Dive

    Presented by: Nell Shamrell-Harrington (Chef)

    The challenge of balancing the need for security with the need for usability is nothing new. Managing secrets when using configuration management tools like Chef is no exception to this rule. Add in the fact that there are multiple tools attempting to solve this problem - each with advantages and drawbacks - and the balance becomes even more precarious! This talk will provide a brief overview of secrets management and then take a deep, technical dive into one tool in particular - Chef Vault. You will walk away understanding how it works - what theories and technologies drive it - as well as how to use it and evaluate whether Chef Vault is the right tool for your particular need. You will also walk away knowing the limitations of Chef Vault - it is not the right tool for every secrets management situation - and how to evaluate whether you safely can work around those limits or need to look at another tool.
  • Getting Started with Habitat

    Presented by: Jamie Winsor (Chef)

    Habitat is the best way for software developers to build, deploy, and manage modern applications - regardless of their expertise. Habitat provides a self-healing, self-configuring, stack-agnostic, frictionless abstraction for running applications—regardless of their complexity on whatever infrastructure you prefer, from physical hardware and virtual machines to containers and everything in between. This session will show you how to build and run your own application. You will learn how scaffolding helps you quickly and easily package your application. Explore the build system used for generating Habitat artifacts. Run an application using the Habitat supervisor. This is the talk for anyone who's just learning about Habitat or those that are interested in seeing some of the newer features of the framework.
  • The Hand-Waver's Guide To Contributing To Open Source

    Presented by: Matt Stratton (Chef)

    Chef is a vibrant, welcoming open source community, but it can seem intimidating to contribute to any open source project when you don't have "engineer" in your title. This talk is for the hand-wavers amongst us—the architects, the planners, the visionaries—who might not be intimately familiar with registers, slices vs arrays, or what the heck a "constructor" is, but still have great ideas. I'll gently guide you through ways to help improve your favorite open source projects, give direction on how to submit a pull request that won't get immediately rejected, and how to prioritize which mountains to tackle first. We'll also explore some of my own journey in "leveling up" in languages, and how to get help turning your ugly, but special to you, code into something that will delight the true code wranglers out there.
  • From Solo to Happy - Migrating Chef Solo to Chef Server/Automate

    Presented by: Mark Rambow (Amazon AWS), Nadezda Zryanina (Amazon AWS)

    Chef solo is a great choice for simple and light infrastructure automation. We all used it back in the day. But with Chef Automate becoming more compelling every day (resource discovery, shared data bags, cookbook distribution, automated workflow, ...), many of us want to migrate to a Chef server. Instead of only promoting the "why," this talk will also focus on the "how" and walk you through the migration of a Chef solo setup to a Chef Automate installation managed by Amazon Web Services and OpsWorks. [Note: our team made some slight edits to your abstract. Please let us know if it looks OK to you. We are happy to dicuss.
  • Habitat in Production

    Presented by: Fletcher Nichol (Chef)

    The Habitat Supervisor is responsible for deploying, managing, and choreographing running Habitat services. This session will explore a number of the operational concerns that the supervisor enables. See how to manage secrets, store configuration changes in version control systems, update running applications, and choreograph application upgrades. This is the talk for anyone who is ready to run Habitat services in a production environment.
  • Operationalizing Unknown Cloud Deployments (in a repeatable fashion)

    Presented by: Jared Reimer (Cascadeo)

    Cascadeo will demonstrate how they use Chef to deploy and manage operational infrastructure in multi-cloud environments for their managed services customers. Chef-driven automation deploys, configures, populates inventory, and validates the telemetry application stack in a distant customer-owned cloud account. Our engineers will demonstrate visualization and reporting based on this data: tickets, device performance graphs, etc. as well as connectivity to services like Slack and PagerDuty for notification and escalation. Companies struggling with operational, monitoring, performance and analytics challenges will find this presentation particularly engaging, as will individuals interested in self-healing distributed systems at scale.
  • Mario Star Power Your Infrastructure: Getting the Most Out of InSpec

    Presented by: Victoria Jeffrey (Chef), Hannah Maddy (Chef)

    Just starting to play around with InSpec and wanna figure out how to make the most of it? This talk will cover an introduction to InSpec and all of its wonderfulness. It will cover everything from awesome features and how they can be used in your CI pipeline to how Chef Automate can help you tie it all together and visualize it to tips and tricks for using InSpec to its fullest potential.
  • Keeping Secrets - A Practical Approach to Managing Credentials

    Presented by: Chris Antenesse (Socotra)

    Tokens, passwords, certificates, API keys, and other secrets are vital to applications and infrastructure functioning properly. In the modern world of rapid, continuous delivery, we want to maintain agility and keep our secrets safe. While speed and safety feel mutually exclusive, modern tools with appropriate practices enable both at the same time. This talk will discuss patterns and show practical methods for keeping secrets safe from developer environments to production where tight access controls and continuous delivery are priorities.
  • Policyfiles

    Presented by: Micheal Hedgpeth (NCR)

    Let's dive into how with policyfiles we can onboard others onto Chef in 1/4 of the time, define a change management approach that everyone can be comfortable with, and allow you to effectively implement Chef within an air-gapped environment. We'll provide an overview of the policyfiles feature, how to manage it through a pipeline, how to migrate an existing Chef structure to a policyfiles structure, and some considerations for when the feature is not the best choice.
  • Diversity is Not Just a Checklist

    Presented by: Rhea Ghosh (HERE)

    Many organizations say they want diverse teams. In this talk, I address how, beyond recruitment, individuals and managers can create a culture that sustains a truly diverse environment. Using my own transition, starting out as a functional business analyst, to working as a DBA before becoming a DevOps/Infrastructure Engineer, I discuss how individuals and managers can take specific actions to foster creativity and diversity of thought and empower team members that may be subject to unconscious bias. Culture is a choice, and every team member makes a difference, regardless of their level. Good culture benefits everyone, and communication is key to creating good culture. I will discuss how specific communication choices can help anyone enable their team to create a positive, productive environment.
  • Sous Chefs - Fostering Better Community Cookbooks

    Presented by: Joseph Holsten (Enlighten), Dan Webb (Web Agile Soluitons Ltd.)

    The community has great cookbooks. It also has some not so well maintained and un-loved cookbooks. This is a tale of Sous Chefs adventure over the past 6 months in getting MongoDB well maintained again, how you can help with the larger project & why it matters.