Author: Tom

basic_vsftpd cookbook for Chef

Recently I was rebuilding an old “virtual user” vsFTPd server, this time using Chef.  Of course I started by looking for a decent vsftpd cookbook.   There are several popular ones, for example: The vsftpd “supermarket” cookbook might be fine for some users, but it’s not been updated since 2010, and it seems to lack a good way to override…

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BackupBuddy and Amazon S3

BackupBuddy, the popular WordPress plugin to back up your WP site, has an option to back up to Amazon S3 storage.  S3 storage is a great solution because it’s cheap, easy to use, and can be secure if you set it up right.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find any decent instructions on how to set up S3 for…

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Deploying MediaWiki via Chef

After deploying a few custom servers to support both Ruby and php applications, setting up a server to run MediaWiki seemed like a breeze.  And it is, sort of, so long as you know where to draw the line. It seemed plausible to create a Chef cookbook to deploy a ready-to-run MediaWiki installation.  And I…

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