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."