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Instant Puppet 3 Starter

Book Description

Gain complete consistency from your systems with minimal effort using Instant Puppet 3 Starter

  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results.

  • Learn how deterministic results can vastly reduce your workload

  • Deploy Puppet Server as a Ruby-on-Rails application to handle thousands of clients

  • Design your own module for complex configurations

In Detail

Puppet is the tool that will save you time. This book teaches you how to do more with less using Puppet 3. This guide ensures the highest level of accuracy so everything is exactly the way you want it, every time. This Starter guide demonstrates the difference between deterministic and procedural results. Most importantly, it teaches you tricks for you to get better results every time, by thinking about and expressing your desired outcome in a deterministic fashion.

"Instant Puppet 3 Starter" provides you with all the information that you need, from startup to complete confidence in its use. This book will explore and teach the core components of Puppet, consisting of setting up a working client and server and building your first custom module.

Become the Puppet master. Explore how it works and be in awe of the drastic improvement in consistency of your systems, with minimal effort in maintenance. Instant Puppet 3 Starter enables you to write your first policy using core methods to reduce the amount of manual work you would do to set up clients on new systems. In addition you will build a test environment for developing new modules, and source external data for use in the Puppet policy. Finally, you will learn to run the Puppet server under Phusion Passenger to improve performance and scalability. Instant Puppet 3 Starter won’t just introduce you to an application; it will provide you with a working environment that saves you time and effort when deploying code or synchronizing files across systems.

Table of Contents

  1. Instant Puppet 3 Starter
    1. Instant Puppet 3 Starter
    2. Credits
    3. About the Author
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
      1. Why Subscribe?
      2. Free Access for Packt account holders
    6. 1. Instant Puppet 3 Starter
      1. So what is Puppet 3?
        1. Building your starter server
        2. Deterministic results
      2. Installation
        1. Step 1 – Preparing the host
          1. Removing old versions of the software
          2. Puppet client requirements
          3. Puppet server requirements
        2. Step 2 – Installing Puppet
        3. Step 3 – Configuring the server
          1. How Puppet authentication works
        4. Step 4 – Starting up the server
        5. Step 5 – Testing your first client
      3. Quick start – Using the core Puppet resource types
        1. Step 1 – Enabling the Puppet service
        2. Step 2 – Managing software and services
        3. Step 3 – Customizing one node
        4. Step 4 – Synchronizing files and directories
        5. Building a custom module
          1. Class parameters
          2. Member classes
          3. Conditionals
          4. Module files
          5. Module templates
        6. Referring to other resources
        7. Setting defaults for resources
        8. Notifying resources of changes
        9. Controlling actions with schedules
        10. Module philosophy
      4. Top 5 features you need to know about
        1. Reviewing system changes
          1. File report store
          2. Tagmail report processor
          3. Puppet Dashboard
          4. Custom report processors
        2. Comparing and restoring files
        3. Using environments to test changes
          1. Testing your code
          2. Release engineering
        4. Running the Puppet server under Passenger
        5. Using external data in your Puppet policy
          1. Configuring Hiera data location
          2. Creating Hiera data
          3. Using Hiera data in a Puppet module
          4. Learning more
      5. People and places you should get to know
        1. Official site
        2. Community support
        3. The Puppet Forge
        4. Articles and tutorials
        5. In-depth details
        6. The Puppet language
        7. Related projects