Automate System Administration Tasks with Puppet

Use Puppet for configuration management.
Acknowledgement

Special thanks to James Turnbull, author of Pulling Strings with Puppet, for reviewing this before publication.

Sean Walberg is a network engineer living in Winnipeg, Canada. He is the former system administer of b5media, a global blog network, where he used system management tools to automate routine work.

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John Arundel's picture

Excellent write-up! I'm a Puppet consultant and have just published the first article in a Puppet tutorial series up to date with Puppet 0.25.0 and the 'best practices' module layout:

Puppet Tutorial: Powering Up With Puppet

I would love to hear from any Puppet / Linux beginners whether they found the article helpful or not, or if anyone has suggestions for how it might be improved.

Great write-up

mschenck's picture

I really like your organization. Puppet is a great tool. One more area for people to look into is the use of templates. They're a very powerfully addition to puppet, leveraging ruby's erb files.

Erb files probably get the greatest exposure in ruby on rails, but can prove to be a very powerful tool for system administrator in lending a hand to remove human error when managing the differences in configuration between different environments.

Speaking of environments, that's also great asset puppet provides and should be considered another area of interest for potential adopters of puppet to look into.

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