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Mastering SaltStack - Second Edition

By : Joseph Hall
Book Image

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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Chapter 3. Managing States

Configuration management is a hot topic, and the state system is what Salt uses to perform it. It's become very powerful over time, and even if you're already well versed in states, I expect there are still a few tricks you haven't learned yet. In this chapter, we'll cover:

  • Integrating multiple state files into a cohesive product

  • Making state trees span multiple environments

  • Understanding the master tops subsystem

  • Taking advantage of the saltstack-formulas organization on GitHub

  • Using SPM, the Salt Package Manager