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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)

Breaking old practices

When Puppet Labs decided to work on the parser and on the new features, they also decided to remove some features that had already been deprecated for a couple of releases.

Converting node inheritance

Node inheritance has been considered good practice during older Puppet releases. To avoid too much code on the node level, a generic, nonexistent host was created (basenode) and the real nodes inherited from basenode:

node basenode {
include security
include ldap
include base
node '' inherits 'basenode' {
class { 'apache': }
include apache::mod::php
include webapplication

This node classification is no longer supported by Puppet 4.

As of 2012, the roles...