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Chapter 8. Servers and Cloud Infrastructure

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time."—J. Lubbock

In this chapter we will cover the following topics:

  • Deploying a Nagios monitoring server
  • Building high-availability services using Heartbeat
  • Managing NFS servers and file shares
  • Using HAProxy to load-balance multiple web servers
  • Managing firewalls with iptables
  • Managing EC2 instances
  • Managing virtual machines with Vagrant

As powerful as Puppet is for managing the configuration of a single server, its true benefits become apparent only when controlling networks of many machines. In this chapter we'll ...

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