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  1. Delete Preloaded Compliance Profiles

    There is no way to delete Compliance Profiles that are preloaded (profiles that come with the product)

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      completed  ·  4 comments  ·  Compliance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Query Nodes Using Search Syntax

      I've found myself wanting to search for nodes by platform in Visibility but currently can't do so, so I've had to come up with a work around where I search for "cookbook: base" and "recipe: windows" when what I really want to do is a simple "platform:windows" search that I could do using `knife search`.

      Could the Node query language be expanded to more closely resemble the functionality offered by Search querying?

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        completed  ·  3 comments  ·  Visibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Chef Automate 0.8.5 Unable to filter on compliance profiles

        When the Compliance Beta Views are switched OFF in Chef Automate 0.8.5 there is no longer the ability to filter Compliance scans by 'profile', this was previously there is Chef Automate 0.7.151.
        We cannot switch on the 'Compliance Beta Views' and filter their due to the following issue https://feedback.chef.io/forums/289357-chef-automate-feedback/suggestions/19373098-chef-automate-0-8-5-compliance-beta-views-not-disp

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          completed  ·  3 comments  ·  Compliance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide WebHook API for Notifications

          Provide the ability to use a WebHook for Automate notifications. This should be implemented using standard protocols. An example would be like what Slack uses, so this would be over HTTPS with an authentication header that provides an API key that can be used to verify that the API call was made from Automate. The API key can be specified in the Automate configuration .rb file. The document should be JSON formatted, and include as much information about the Automate event as possible in separate fields.

          The use-case for this would be to accept the WebHook API calls from Automate…

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            completed  ·  2 comments  ·  Notifications  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Export of Compliance Reports

            For a specific compliance scan, or group of scans, we should be able to export the report(s) to PDF or some other format.

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              completed  ·  4 comments  ·  Compliance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                completed  ·  2 comments  ·  Compliance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • InSpec Feature Request, Nginx resource

                I am implementing a nginx resource for a customer with regex, but it would be nice to have a such a resource. This makes live easier.

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                  completed  ·  1 comment  ·  Compliance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Chef Automate 0.8.5 Compliance Beta Views not displaying historic scans

                  We have just upgraded from Chef Automate 0.7.151 to 0.8.5 and enabled the 'Compliance Beta Views' as per release notes https://discourse.chef.io/t/chef-automate-0-8-5-released/10939 using the 'beta' feature switch and our historic Compliance scans are not displayed within those views. This is resulting in us having to turn the Compliance Beta View off to see our historic scans, which then means we cannot view Compliance Profiles.

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                    completed  ·  3 comments  ·  Compliance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Compliance: Ability to export reports in SCAP format

                    The ability to export reports in an SCAP format would be very beneficial: https://scap.nist.gov/

                    https://github.com/chef/inspec/issues/1056

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                      completed  ·  2 comments  ·  Compliance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Inspec Scap Accept Inspec::List

                      inspec-scap should be capable of handling Inspec::List, so that complete profiles like http://iasecontent.disa.mil/stigs/zip/U_RedHat_5_V1R18_STIG_SCAP_1-1_Benchmark.zip can be converted to Inspec and used.

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                        completed  ·  4 comments  ·  Compliance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Display cookbook version on node convergence

                        Visibility shows a great deal of information, but as best I can tell, it does not show the version of cookbooks converged on. that's critical information for debugging

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                          completed  ·  1 comment  ·  Visibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Option for no color in the CLI

                          When we call `delivery review` from a process, we don't want color in the output. Maybe `--no-color`?

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                            0 comments  ·  delivery-cli  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            completed  ·  Charles JohnsonCharles Johnson responded

                            Thanks for submitting your feedback! We read each and every idea that comes through this site.

                            I’m happy to tell you that the next version of delivery-cli will support a global —no-color option, as requested.

                            By marking this idea completed, we’re releasing the attached votes for use on other ideas.

                          • Automatically delete old workspaces to reduce/better handle inode usage on build nodes

                            We're running into problems on our build nodes where we run out of inodes on the build nodes because the /var/opt/delivery/workspace/<fqdn>/<enterprise>/<org> workspace directories do not ever get deleted.

                            This causes pipeline failures with errors during random phases with 'no space left on device' errors returned from the build nodes.

                            For example, on our server, several thousand files are created for each project:

                            ```
                            $ for dir in $(find /var/opt/delivery/workspace/mydeliveryserver.com/my_enterprise/my_org -maxdepth 1 -type d -not -name . -not -name my_org); do echo -n "$dir: "; find $dir |wc -l; done
                            /var/opt/delivery/workspace/mydeliveryserver.com/my_enterprise/my_org/cookbook1: 7305
                            /var/opt/delivery/workspace/mydeliveryserver.com/my_enterprise/my_org/cookbook2: 8356
                            /var/opt/delivery/workspace/mydeliveryserver.com/my_enterprise/my_org/cookbook3: 4776
                            /var/opt/delivery/workspace/mydeliveryserver.com/my_enterprise/my_org/cookbook4: 3582
                            /var/opt/delivery/workspace/mydeliveryserver.com/my_enterprise/my_org/cookbook5: 8357
                            /var/opt/delivery/workspace/mydeliveryserver.com/my_enterprise/my_org/cookbook6:…

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                              completed  ·  3 comments  ·  Install/setup  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • SMTP User & Password should be optional in Automate Admin configuration

                              As an Automate Administrator I need to configure an SMTP connection with an empty User and Password because my smtp server validates based on to/from address and rejects the connection when user/pwd to be specified

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                                completed  ·  0 comments  ·  Install/setup  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add the ability to send Notifications out through a proxy

                                Currently there is no way for Notifications to hit external sites (like Slack) from an Automate server installed in an environment that requires a proxy to get to the outside.

                                15 votes
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                                  completed  ·  4 comments  ·  Visibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • delivery-ctl needs to suggest command syntax when --help but more so when a command fails

                                  There's no category for delivery server/delivery-ctl, so I'm putting this under Docs. Probably will need reassignment.

                                  As a delivery user I've been trying to delete a project:
                                  ```
                                  ubuntu@delivery:~$ sudo delivery-ctl delete-project bakh-808
                                  ubuntu@delivery:~$ sudo delivery-ctl delete-project chef-demo/saleseng/bakh-808
                                  ubuntu@delivery:~$ sudo delivery-ctl delete-project e/chef-demo/o/saleseng/bakh-808
                                  ubuntu@delivery:~$ sudo delivery-ctl delete-project chef-demo saleseng bakh-808
                                  Successfully deleted project: 'chef-demo/saleseng/bakh-808'
                                  ```

                                  Only the last attempt/syntax worked and I figured it out by reading the source code, which most folks don't have access to.

                                  delivery-ctl should:
                                  a. suggest proper usage of flags when running with --help
                                  b. produce a helpful error message when it fails such as …

                                  7 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  delivery-ctl  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Delete Compliance Reports

                                    There is no way to delete Compliance Reports currently

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                                    • Delete Compliance Profiles

                                      There is no way to delete added Compliance Profiles currently

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                                        completed  ·  2 comments  ·  Compliance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • View build node activity

                                        View node activity, or at least a view of how many are in use.

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                                          6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Stop/cancel button to abort a run

                                          There's often a time in your life when you have those "oh ****" moments; realising you pushed a change too early and forgot to update your metadata version; know your spec test will fail; or one phase has already failed and you know exactly why.

                                          Rather than waiting for the stage to fail/finish/get bored and give up, or risk a merger conflict by pushing an amendment; it would be nice if there was a stop/cancel button. Just like those big red buttons in factories you push to stop the conveyor belt when Justin's beard gets caught again. This would imediately…

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                                            2 comments  ·  Workflow  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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