Book Image

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)

Summarizing types and providers

Puppet's resource types and their providers work together to form a solid abstraction layer over software configuration details. The type system is an extendable basis for Puppet's powerful DSL. It forms an elaborate interface for the polymorphous provider layer.

The providers flexibly implement the actual management actions that Puppet is supposed to perform. They map the necessary synchronization steps to commands and system interactions. Many providers cannot satisfy every nuance that the resource type models. The feature system takes care of these disparities in a transparent fashion.

Putting it all together

Reading this far, you might have gotten the impression that this chapter...