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Puppet 5 Beginner's Guide - Third Edition

By : John Arundel
Book Image

Puppet 5 Beginner's Guide - Third Edition

By: John Arundel

Overview of this book

Puppet 5 Beginner’s Guide, Third Edition gets you up and running with the very latest features of Puppet 5, including Docker containers, Hiera data, and Amazon AWS cloud orchestration. Go from beginner to confident Puppet user with a series of clear, practical examples to help you manage every aspect of your server setup. Whether you’re a developer, a system administrator, or you are simply curious about Puppet, you’ll learn Puppet skills that you can put into practice right away. With practical steps giving you the key concepts you need, this book teaches you how to install packages and config files, create users, set up scheduled jobs, provision cloud instances, build containers, and so much more. Every example in this book deals with something real and practical that you’re likely to need in your work, and you’ll see the complete Puppet code that makes it happen, along with step-by-step instructions for what to type and what output you’ll see. All the examples are available in a GitHub repo for you to download and adapt for your own server setup.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Puppet 5 Beginner's Guide Third Edition
About the Author
About the Reviewer
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Using Puppet Forge modules

Although you could write your own manifests for everything you want to manage, you can save yourself a lot of time and effort by using public Puppet modules wherever possible. A module in Puppet is a self-contained unit of shareable, reusable code, usually designed to manage one particular service or piece of software, such as the Apache web server.

What is the Puppet Forge?

The Puppet Forge is a public repository of Puppet modules, many of them officially supported and maintained by Puppet and all of which you can download and use. You can browse the Forge at the following URL:

One of the advantages of using a well-established tool like Puppet is that there are a large number of mature public modules available, which cover the most common software you're likely to need. For example, here is a small selection of the things you can manage with public modules from Puppet Forge:

  • MySQL/PostgreSQL/SQL Server

  • Apache/Nginx

  • Java/Tomcat/PHP/Ruby/Rails...