Use Chef with Cloud Management By using both Chef and cloud management, you can automate the entire provisioning process including installing software packages on provisioned virtual machines. Using this automation, you can offer fully-configured virtual machines through the service catalog. You must activate and configure both Chef and VMware for Cloud Management before performing the procedures on this page. Offer a VM with the Chef clientAll Chef nodes require the Chef client service to communicate with the Chef server. Provision virtual machines with ChefThe procedure for ordering a virtual machine with Chef is the same as for ordering a standard virtual machine through the service catalog.