"...I am getting ready to leave the company...I haven't endured several near death experiences throughout my life so that I can fix Web Forms applications and sit in meetings all day :D" Good on you! No need to spean your life doing anything you do not enjoy.
If you like Chef, checkout Ansible, Puppet, and SaltStack for comparison.
Yes, seeing the differences will help, else these tools are a big mess because everyone just talks about the tools without even understanding the requirements.
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