Salt is a very powerful automation framework. Before we delve into the more advanced topics that this book covers, it may be wise to go back and review a few essentials. In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:
Using remote execution
Basic SLS file tree structure
Using States for configuration management
Basics of Grains, Pillars, and templates
This book assumes that you already have root access on a device with a common distribution of Linux installed. The machine used in the examples in this book is running Ubuntu 14.04, unless stated otherwise. Most examples should run on other major distributions, such as recent versions of Fedora, RHEL 5/6/7, or Arch Linux.