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Knife is a command-line tool that is a part of the Chef software suite, designed for managing infrastructure automation. It acts as a primary interface for interacting with the Chef server. With Knife, users can perform various tasks such as creating and managing cookbooks, configuring nodes, uploading cookbooks to the server, and more.

Knife uses a plugin system that allows extending its functionality, facilitating the integration of external services and custom tooling. These plugins enable seamless communication with cloud platforms like AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud, as well as source code management systems like Git.

The tool operates on a client-server model, where Knife acts as the client and communicates with the Chef server using the Ruby API. It supports authentication with the server using various methods like username/password, private key, or API tokens.

Using Knife, administrators can bootstrap new nodes, executing predefined scripts to prepare them for Chef automation. It also provides utilities for managing SSH connections, searching for nodes and their attributes, and executing arbitrary commands on nodes.

Knife can generate reports and provide insights into the current state of nodes and environments. It can also enforce configuration policies by validating a node's state against defined policies and triggering corrective actions if necessary.

The power and flexibility of Knife make it an essential tool for system administrators, DevOps engineers, and infrastructure automation practitioners who employ Chef for managing their infrastructure. Its command-line interface allows for efficient scripting and integration into existing workflows, greatly enhancing the productivity of the infrastructure management process.

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