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Mastering SaltStack - Second Edition

By : Joseph Hall
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Mastering SaltStack - Second Edition

By: Joseph Hall

Overview of this book

SaltStack is a powerful configuration management and automation suite designed to manage servers and tens of thousands of nodes. This book showcases Salt as a very powerful automation framework. We will review the fundamental concepts to get you in the right frame of mind, and then explore Salt in much greater depth. You will explore Salt SSH as a powerful tool and take Salt Cloud to the next level. Next, you’ll master using Salt services with ease in your infrastructure. You will discover methods and strategies to scale your infrastructure properly. You will also learn how to use Salt as a powerful monitoring tool. By the end of this book, you will have learned troubleshooting tips and best practices to make the entire process of using Salt pain-free and easy.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Mastering SaltStack Second Edition
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Testing the load in the infrastructure

Now that we've talked about the various ways to scale out your infrastructure, you will probably find it useful to know how to throw tests at your infrastructure to test its ability to handle the load that will be thrown at it.

Using the script

The script was originally used to test the performance of execution modules as they were written. But while it is still used for that today, it can also be used to test the performance of a state tree against a large number of minions.


The script does not ship inside any of the Salt packages, but it can be downloaded from the tests/ directory in Salt's GitHub repository at

The script is designed to create a user-defined number of minions, which can then accept commands from the master. Keep in mind that this script will only run on a single host, so it won't help much in testing syndic architecture. However, it will...