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Introduction to Puppet: Streamlined System Configuration

Jul 09, 2010, 12:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)

"If you have one Linux system to administer, you need a good working knowledge of scripting, command line utilities, and a trusty text editor. If you have two or more, it may be time to add Puppet to that list.

"Every good system administrator strives to automate repetitive tasks so that they can free up their time to focus on more important matters. It's the difference between spending a work day running the same set of commands on 20 different systems, or spending a work day improving a piece of infrastructure or testing a new open source tool that might be useful for your organization. Also, it's just plain fun to know you can run a single command and accomplish what it would have taken half a day to finish.

"In this piece, we'll take a look at what Puppet is and some basics of installing and using Puppet on a single machine. In the next tutorial, we'll get into the nitty gritty and focus on configuring Puppet and some more concrete examples."

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