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Learning SaltStack - Second Edition

By : Colton Myers
Book Image

Learning SaltStack - Second Edition

By: Colton Myers

Overview of this book

SaltStack is one of the best infrastructure management platforms available. It provides powerful tools for defining and enforcing the state of your infrastructure in a clear, concise way. With this book learn how to use these tools for your own infrastructure by understanding the core pieces of Salt. In this book we will take you from the initial installation of Salt, through running their first commands, and then talk about extending Salt for individual use cases. From there you will explore the state system inside of Salt, learning to define the desired state of our infrastructure in such a way that Salt can enforce that state with a single command. Finally, you will learn about some of the additional tools that salt provides, including salt-cloud, the reactor, and the event system. We?ll finish by exploring how to get involved with salt and what'?s new in the salt community. Finally, by the end of the book, you'll be able to build a reliable, scalable, secure, high-performance infrastructure and fully utilize the power of cloud computing.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Learning SaltStack Second Edition
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Chapter 4. Defining the State of Your Infrastructure

In the previous chapter, we finished our deep dive of the remote execution system inside Salt. Remote execution is the foundation upon which all of the rest of Salt rests. In this chapter, you will learn about one of the most important systems: "the state system." You will learn the following:

  • How states are structured and how to write our first state

  • About the various pieces of the state declaration

  • How to expand our state declarations to encompass multiple pieces of a state

  • About ordering states with requisites