Ridley Connectors

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An extension on Ridley adding support for connecting and communicating with nodes in Chef.


Add ridley-connectors to your Gemfile:

gem 'ridley-connectors'

And run the bundle command to install. Alternatively, you can install the gem directly:

$ gem install ridley-connectors


You can use ridley-connectors just like using Ridley.

require 'ridley'

Creating a new Ridley client

ridley = Ridley.new(
  server_url: "https://api.opscode.com/organizations/ridley",
  client_name: "me",
  client_key: "/Users/me/.chef/me.pem"

ridley-connectors exposes all the usual features of Ridley, but adds some sugar for interacting with nodes.

ridley.node.bootstrap("hostname.to.bootstrap.com") # Bootstraps a hostname or IP
ridley.node.put_secret("hostname") # Puts your configured encrypted data bag secret onto a hostname or IP
ridley.node.chef_run("hostname") # Runs Chef on a hostname or IP

Node Resource

Bootstrapping Unix nodes

ridley = Ridley.new(
  server_url: "https://api.opscode.com",
  organization: "vialstudios",
  validator_client: "vialstudios-validator",
  validator_path: "/Users/reset/.chef/vialstudios-validator.pem",
  ssh: {
    user: "vagrant",
    password: "vagrant"

ridley.node.bootstrap("", "")

Bootstrapping Windows Nodes

Windows Nodes are bootstrapped using a combination of WinRM, Batch, and PowerShell. You will probably need to tweak some settings on your Windows servers to ensure the commands are successful.

WinRM Settings

  1. Enable WinRM: winrm quickconfig and say Yes.
  2. Set some WinRM settings to ensure that you don't get 401 Unauthorized responses and 500 Responses because of timeouts.
winrm set winrm/config/service/auth @{Basic="true"}
winrm set winrm/config/service @{AllowUnencrypted="true"}
winrm set winrm/config/service @{EnumerationTimeoutms="600000"}
winrm set winrm/config @{MaxTimeoutms="600000"}
winrm set winrm/config/client @{TrustedHosts="*"}

PowerShell Settings

  1. You should also configure your PowerShell profile, so that PowerShell commands have a more lenient timeout period.
mkdir C:\Users\my_user\Documents\WindowsPowerShell
echo "$PSSessionOption = New-PSSessionOption -OpenTimeout 0 -CancelTimeout 0 -IdleTimeout 0 -OperationTimeout 0" > C:\Users\my_user\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Microsoft.PowerShell_profile.ps1

Verify the PowerShell settings by opening up the PowerShell Console and entering $PSSessionOption and ensure those values are set, and that there are no errors output.

The following links offer some information about configuring a machine's PowerShell settings:

You may also want to tweak your Windows boxes a bit more ex: turning UAC off, turning off the Windows Firewall.

Authors and Contributors

Thank you to all of our Contributors, testers, and users.