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Provision Chef with Vagrant-Omnibus Plugin

In this post we show how you can provision Chef from Vagrant using the vagrant-omnibus plugin. This post is for Ubuntu 14.04 guest running in VirtualBox on Windows 10 host.


You need VirtualBox and Vagrant installed. To do that, you can follow the steps described in Ubuntu with Vagrant and VirtualBox on Windows.

Install Chef Development Kit (ChefDK)

In PowerShell as Administrator:

choco install chefdk

Provision Chef

Before you can use Chef Solo, Chef Zero, or Chef Client for provisioning, you need to install the latest Chef client on the guest. This can be done with a shell script or with a Vagrant plugin called vagrant-omnibus.

In PowerShell:

vagrant plugin install vagrant-omnibus

Open Vagrantfile and add the following code at the end of the configuration:

# Install the latest version of Chef.
# For more information see
config.omnibus.chef_version = :latest

The complete Vagrantfile file should look like this:

# -*- mode: ruby -*-
# vi: set ft=ruby :

# All Vagrant configuration is done below. The "2" in Vagrant.configure
# configures the configuration version (we support older styles for
# backwards compatibility). Please don't change it unless you know what
# you're doing.
Vagrant.configure(2) do |config|

  # Every Vagrant development environment requires a box. You can search for
  # boxes at
  # = "ubuntu/trusty64"

  # Provider-specific configuration so you can fine-tune various
  # backing providers for Vagrant. These expose provider-specific options.
  config.vm.provider "virtualbox" do |vb|
    # For a complete reference, please see the online documentation at

    # Name used in Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager GUI = "Ubuntu-x64-Vagrant"

    # Customize the amount of memory on the VM (in MB):
    vb.memory = "2048"

    # Customize the amount of video memory on the VM (in MB):
    vb.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--vram", "128"]

  # Install the latest version of Chef.
  # For more information see
  config.omnibus.chef_version = :latest


Finally launch and provision the Vagrant box. It should install the latest Chef Client:

vagrant reload
vagrant provision