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Extending Puppet - Second Edition

By : Alessandro Franceschi, Jaime Soriano Pastor
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Extending Puppet - Second Edition

By: Alessandro Franceschi, Jaime Soriano Pastor

Overview of this book

Puppet has changed the way we manage our systems, but Puppet itself is changing and evolving, and so are the ways we are using it. To tackle our IT infrastructure challenges and avoid common errors when designing our architectures, an up-to-date, practical, and focused view of the current and future Puppet evolution is what we need. With Puppet, you define the state of your IT infrastructure, and it automatically enforces the desired state. This book will be your guide to designing and deploying your Puppet architecture. It will help you utilize Puppet to manage your IT infrastructure. Get to grips with Hiera and learn how to install and configure it, before learning best practices for writing reusable and maintainable code. You will also be able to explore the latest features of Puppet 4, before executing, testing, and deploying Puppet across your systems. As you progress, Extending Puppet takes you through higher abstraction modules, along with tips for effective code workflow management. Finally, you will learn how to develop plugins for Puppet - as well as some useful techniques that can help you to avoid common errors and overcome everyday challenges.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Extending Puppet Second Edition
About the Authors
About the Reviewer

Puppet for cloud and virtualization

Puppet is a child of our times: the boom of virtualization and cloud computing have boosted the need and the diffusion of software management tools that can accelerate deployment and the scale of new systems.

Puppet can be used to manage various aspects related to cloud computing and virtualization:

  • It can configure virtualization and cloud solutions, such as VMware, OpenStack, and Eucalyptus. This is done with different modules for different operating systems.

  • It can provide commands to provision instances on different clouds, such as Amazon AWS, Google Compute Engine, and VMware. This is done with the cloud provisioner module and other community modules.

Let's review the most relevant projects in these fields.


VMware is a major investor in Puppet Labs and technological collaborations have been done at various levels. Let's see the most interesting projects.

VM provisioning on vCenter and vSphere

Puppet till version 3.8, provides support to manage virtual...