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All you need for cooking with Chef and Vagrant on Windows you will find in Bill's Kitchen

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Bill's Kitchen

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A DevPack with all you (or Bill Gates would) need for cooking with Chef, Vagrant and Docker on Windows, shrink-wrapped in a portable package.

Bill's Kitchen Screenshot

Installation and Usage

As the only prerequisite you need to have a recent version of VirtualBox installed (sorry, couldn't make that one portable).

Using Bill's Kitchen itself is fairly simple. There is nothing to install, just unpack and go:

  1. Grab the latest
    package from the releases page and unpack it
  2. Mount the kitchen to the
    drive by double-clicking the
  3. Click
    W:\Launch ConEmu.lnk
    to open a command prompt (also runs
    to set up the environment)
  4. Start hacking!

What's included?

Main Tools

The main tools for cooking with Chef / Vagrant:


These plugins are pre-installed:

  • vagrant plugins:
  • knife plugins (just as an example):
    • knife-audit - keeps track of which cookbooks are used by which node
    • knife-server - sets up and backs up a chef server
    • ...use
      chef gem install 
      to install more

Supporting Tools

Useful additions for a better cooking experience:

  • ConEmu - a better Windows console with colours, tabs, etc...
  • Atom - a hackable text editor for the 21st Century
  • PortableGit - git client for Windows (preconfigured with kdiff3 as diff/merge tool)
  • putty - the SSH client for Windows
  • clink - command completion and Bash-like line editing for Windows
  • cwRsync which includes
    to make rsync-based Vagrant synced folders work on Windows

Environmental Changes

The following changes are applied to your environment by running

  • Constraining as much as possible to the
    • %HOME%
      points to
      points to
      points to
    • %PATH%
      is preprended with the bin dirs of the tools in
    • exception:
      points to
      , i.e. VirtualBox VMs are still stored under
  • Fixing annoyances:
    • set TERM=cygwin
      to fix vagrant ssh issues
    • set CYGWIN=nodosfilewarning
      to mute vagrant ssh warnings
    • set ANSICON=true
      to get coloured output with Vagrant on Windows
    • set SSL_CERT_FILE=W:\home\cacert.pem
      pointing to recent CA certs avoiding Ruby SSL errors


Registered doskey aliases:

  • run
    bundle exec 
  • run
  • run


These repositories are used for acceptance-testing the common usage scenarios:

  • A sample-toplevel-cookbook with all kinds cookbook tests: syntax check, style checks, linting, unit and integration tests
  • A sample-infrastructure-repo which defines a sample server infrastructure with environments and databages via Vagrant / Chef Solo

Building from Source (Development)

As a prerequisite for building bill's kitchen you need:

  • a Windows host
  • 7zip installed in
    C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe
  • a Ruby environment (if you don't have one, use this Ruby DevPack)

Building Bill's Kitchen

To build the kitchen (make sure you don't have spaces in the path):

$ gem install bundler
$ bundle install
$ rake build

This might take a while (you can go fetch a coffee). It will download the external dependencies, install the tools and prepare everything else we need in the kitchen into the

directory. Finally it runs the
examples to ensure everything is properly installed.

Running the Acceptance Tests

To run the more comprehensive

$ rake acceptance

This will use various of the tools in combination by running the main usage scenarios, e.g.:

  • cloning a sample top-level cookbook and sample infrastructure repository
  • running various commands like
    bundle install
    vagrant plugin install
    vagrant up
  • running different kinds of cookbook tests via
    knife cookbook test


Finally, if all the tests pass you can create a portable zip package:

$ rake package

This will and finally package everything in the

directory into

Changing the Mount Drive Letter

By default the Ruby DevPack will be mounted to the

drive. If you need to change it you only have to update the references in these two files:
  • mount-drive.cmd
  • unmount-drive.cmd

Acknowledgements & Licensing

Bill's Kitchen bundles lots of awesome Open Source software. The copyright owners of this software are mentioned here. For a full-text version of the licenses mentioned above please have a look in the

directory where the respective software is installed.
  • Atom - Copyright (c) 2014 GitHub Inc. (MIT license)
  • Vagrant - Copyright (c) 2010-2014 Mitchell Hashimoto (MIT license)
  • Packer - Copyright (c) 2013-2014 Mitchell Hashimoto (MPL-2.0)
  • Terraform - Copyright (c) 2014-2015 HashiCorp (MPL-2.0)
  • Consul - Copyright (c) 2014 HashiCorp (MPL-2.0)
  • ChefDK - Copyright (c) 2014 Chef Software (Apache 2.0 license)
  • ConEmu - Copyright (c) 2006-2008 Zoin [email protected], 2009-2013 Maximus5 [email protected] (BSD 3-Clause license)
  • clink - Copyright (c) 2012-2014 Martin Ridgers (MIT license), 1994–2012, PUC-Rio (GPLv3)
  • PortableGit - by msysGit team (GPLv2 license)
  • DevKit - Copyright (c), 2007-2014 RubyInstaller Team (BSD 3-Clause license)
  • kdiff3 - Copyright (c) 2002-2012 Joachim Eibl (GPLv2 license)
  • putty - Copyright (c) 1997-2014 Simon Tatham (MIT license)
  • cwRsync - October 2014, provided by Itefix - (BSD 2-Clause license)

Bill's Kitchen itself is published under the MIT license. It is not "derivative work" but rather "mere aggregation" of other software and thus does not need to be licensed under GPL itself.

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