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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 6. The Highstate and Environments

In the preceding chapter, you learned how to use Jinja2 and pillar data to make your state file more flexible.

In this chapter, you will learn how to organize your states so that we can enforce the state of your infrastructure with just a single remote execution command.

You will learn the following:

  • How to use topfiles in the state system to target state files to different minions

  • How to use environments to further organize our state files

  • How to use GitFS to store our state files in version control