Overview #

Automation of ArcGIS configuration management operations such as initial deployments, upgrades, and disaster recovery improves operational excellence, security, and reliability of ArcGIS deployments. Leveraging IT automation tools provides a platform for automation of ArcGIS operations that follows the industry’s best practices.

Chef Infra is a powerful automation platform that transforms infrastructure into code. Whether you’re operating in the cloud, on-premises, or in a hybrid environment, Chef Infra automates how infrastructure is configured, deployed, and managed across your network, no matter its size.

Chef cookbook is the fundamental unit of configuration and policy distribution in Chef Infra that defines a scenario and contains everything that is required to support that scenario: recipes, attribute values, custom resources, files, and templates. Recipes specify which Chef Infra built-in resources to use, as well as the order in which they are to be applied. Attribute values allow environment-based configurations such as dev or production.

Chef Cookbooks for ArcGIS is a collection of Chef cookbooks for configuration, deployment, and management of ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Pro, and ArcGIS Desktop.

ArcGIS deployment templates provide ready-to-use Chef JSON files for deploying ArcGIS with Chef. The JSON files are specific to ArcGIS versions, platforms, and machine roles. The deployment templates provide a straightforward and deterministic way to automate initial deployments and upgrades of ArcGIS Enterprise on-premises and in the cloud.