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Puppet 5 Essentials - Third Edition

By : Martin Alfke, Felix Frank
Book Image

Puppet 5 Essentials - Third Edition

By: Martin Alfke, Felix Frank

Overview of this book

Puppet is a configuration management tool that allows you to automate all your IT configurations, giving you control over what you do to each Puppet Agent in a network, and when and how you do it. In this age of digital delivery and ubiquitous Internet presence, it's becoming increasingly important to implement scaleable and portable solutions, not only in terms of software, but also the system that runs it. This book gets you started quickly with Puppet and its tools in the right way. It highlights improvements in Puppet and provides solutions for upgrading. It starts with a quick introduction to Puppet in order to quickly get your IT automation platform in place. Then you learn about the Puppet Agent and its installation and configuration along with Puppet Server and its scaling options. The book adopts an innovative structure and approach, and Puppet is explained with flexible use cases that empower you to manage complex infrastructures easily. Finally, the book will take readers through Puppet and its companion tools such as Facter, Hiera, and R10k and how to make use of tool chains.
Table of Contents (10 chapters)

The Puppet CA

Among the most frustrating issues, especially for new users, are problems with the agent's SSL handshake. Such errors are especially troublesome because Puppet cannot always offer very helpful analysis in its logs - the problems occur in the SSL library functions, and the application cannot examine the circumstances.

The online documentation at Puppet Labs has a troubleshooting section that also has some advice concerning SSL-related issues at

Consider the following output for the --test command:

root@agent# puppet agent --test
Warning: Unable to fetch my node definition, but the agent run will continue:
Warning: SSL_connect returned=1 errno=0 state=unknown state: certificate verify failed: [CRL is not yet valid for /CN=Puppet CA:]

The agent opines that the CRL it receives from the master...