Thank you for your feedback.
Form temporarily unavailable. Please try again or contact to submit your comments.

Discover a Chef server

Log in to subscribe to topics and get notified when content changes.

Discover a Chef server

Chef discovery is the process by which a Chef server and Chef resources, including environments, cookbooks, roles, recipes, and attributes, are imported into a ServiceNow instance. Discovery is accomplished by the Discover Chef workflow.

Before you begin

Role required: chef_admin

About this task

Chef resources are maintained in Chef and can be viewed in ServiceNow. A Chef administrator can retrieve the records from a Chef server. It is not necessary to activate ServiceNow Discovery to discover the Chef environment.


  1. Navigate to Chef > Chef Servers.
  2. Click New and then enter a Name and Description for the Chef server.
  3. Fill in the form.
    Table 1. Chef Server form
    Field Description
    Hosted Chef Select the check box to indicate that the Chef server is within the Chef hosted environment. Clear the check box to indicate that the Chef server is outside of the Chef hosted environment.
    IP address IP address of the server. Required if Hosted Chef is not selected.
    Organization Name of the organization that hosts the Chef server. Required if Hosted Chef is selected.
    User [Required] User who has been set up to access the Chef server.
  4. Save the form.
  5. Click the Discover Chef Details related link.
    • The system detects the Chef server and completes the remaining fields in the form.
    • The system discovers the Chef resources and creates records for them in the appropriate tables.