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Puppet: configuration management made easy

May 08, 2009, 23:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

[ Thanks to Sam Varghese for this link. ]

"Like any open source project, Puppet is reasonably well documented but there are some areas where documentation is written by developers and occasionally a bit light on, says Turnbull. "I started adding documentation, and next thing I know, Luke Kanies, the primary developer of Puppet, was saying, 'look, there's this wiki over here, can you look after that?'"

"As time went on, Turnbull found himself managing a lot of tickets and a lot of the release-related things. He was nominated as the release manager for the project. "And beyond that, it occurred to me that this would be a viable topic to write about, so I wrote a book about it as well," he says.

"Puppet can be used to manage small and large enterprise assets. It is principally UNIX-based and runs on GNU/Linux, OSX, HPUX, AIX, Solaris and all the BSDs. It is designed to be able to automate the process of configuring a host.

""It doesn't do PXE boot or anything like that - the next step after you've done your initial install of your host is to add a Puppet client and then to configure your hosts," says Turnbull. "It does this through a master in the environment which contains all your configuration and it knows the particular host and the particular questions posed, so it can answer them in a particular way."

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