Learning Puppet for Windows Server

Organize your Windows environment using Puppet tools to unload administrative burdens in a short time!
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Learning Puppet for Windows Server

Fuat Ulugay

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Organize your Windows environment using Puppet tools to unload administrative burdens in a short time!
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Book Details

ISBN 139781785281877
Paperback234 pages

Book Description

Puppet is a configuration management tool. It allows you to automate all your IT configurations by giving you control of what you do to each “node” (Puppet agent), focusing also on when and how you do it. In context, Puppet is a cross-platform tool that is widely used for Unix-like and Microsoft Windows systems declaratively. However, it has been used more popularly for Unix-like systems. This book provides insights into using Puppet for Windows administration tasks such as server setup, application updates, and service management.

This book kicks off with the fundamentals of Puppet by helping you with the installation of Puppet on a Windows server and progresses with the introduction of the Foreman interface for managing Puppet nodes. Next, you deal with the installation of Puppet agents on multiple clients and how to connect them to your Puppet server by grouping your nodes for easy management. You then become familiarized with the scripting of Puppet manifests along with an understanding of the module structure in Puppet. You further move on to the installation of Puppet Forge Modules and their usage in Windows along with advanced topics such as facts, functions and templates.

Moreover, you also venture into the security aspects for Windows by gaining insights into various security settings that will make your server and clients more secure from hackers using different attack vectors. You will also use Puppet and Chocolatey to install and update software.

You finally round off by learning how to check the details of reporting and status monitoring along with the automation of installing and updating software for multiple Windows clients arming you with ample artillery to tame Puppet for your future projects.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Installing Puppet Server and Foreman
The differences between using Puppet with Windows and with Linux
Installing Puppet Server
Installing Foreman
The Foreman interface
Keeping your server secure
Summary
Chapter 2: Installing Puppet Agents
Downloading and installing the Puppet agent
Installing the Puppet agent on multiple clients
Managing the node certificates
The host groups
Summary
Chapter 3: Your First Modules
The module structure
The module layout
Modules for creating the files and folders
Importing the module class in Foreman
Uploading files
Creating folders
Managing services
Running commands
Managing users
Summary
Chapter 4: Puppet Forge Modules for Windows
Installing modules from Puppet Forge
Managing the registry
The access control list
Firewall
The reboot module
Summary
Chapter 5: Puppet Facts, Functions, and Templates
Puppet facts
Adding the custom facts
The Puppet templates
The Puppet functions
Summary
Chapter 6: Using Puppet for Windows Security
Locking the Startup folder
Locking the hosts file
Stopping unnecessary services
Making sure that the security-related services are running
Denying all incoming traffic and allowing only the necessary ports
Making the local administrator passwords unique
Summary
Chapter 7: Reporting and Monitoring
Checking the infrastructure statistics
Checking the statuses of hosts from Foreman
Checking the report details of hosts from Foreman
Checking the statuses of hosts from the terminal
Summary
Chapter 8: Installing Software and Updates
Installing a software with package resource
What is Chocolatey?
Using Chocolatey to install a software
Using Chocolatey to update a software
Using Puppet and Chocolatey to update mostly used software
Updating the Puppet agents
Uninstalling a software
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Install Puppet on a Windows server and Foreman interface to have a user-friendly Puppet working environment
  • Discover how to install Puppet agents to single or multiple computers and get your hosts connected to Puppetmaster in one shot
  • Understand all about creating modules, writing manifests, managing files, services and, users in Puppet
  • Learn how to install Puppet Forge modules to complete tasks such as registry management, ACL, and firewall.
  • Explore the usage of Puppet facts, functions and modules to have a deeper understanding of how Puppet functions
  • Manage installation and updates of third party software using Puppet with Chocolatey to completely forgo the manual update chores in your daily plan
  • Use Puppet for Windows security to have a more secure environment

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Installing Puppet Server and Foreman
The differences between using Puppet with Windows and with Linux
Installing Puppet Server
Installing Foreman
The Foreman interface
Keeping your server secure
Summary
Chapter 2: Installing Puppet Agents
Downloading and installing the Puppet agent
Installing the Puppet agent on multiple clients
Managing the node certificates
The host groups
Summary
Chapter 3: Your First Modules
The module structure
The module layout
Modules for creating the files and folders
Importing the module class in Foreman
Uploading files
Creating folders
Managing services
Running commands
Managing users
Summary
Chapter 4: Puppet Forge Modules for Windows
Installing modules from Puppet Forge
Managing the registry
The access control list
Firewall
The reboot module
Summary
Chapter 5: Puppet Facts, Functions, and Templates
Puppet facts
Adding the custom facts
The Puppet templates
The Puppet functions
Summary
Chapter 6: Using Puppet for Windows Security
Locking the Startup folder
Locking the hosts file
Stopping unnecessary services
Making sure that the security-related services are running
Denying all incoming traffic and allowing only the necessary ports
Making the local administrator passwords unique
Summary
Chapter 7: Reporting and Monitoring
Checking the infrastructure statistics
Checking the statuses of hosts from Foreman
Checking the report details of hosts from Foreman
Checking the statuses of hosts from the terminal
Summary
Chapter 8: Installing Software and Updates
Installing a software with package resource
What is Chocolatey?
Using Chocolatey to install a software
Using Chocolatey to update a software
Using Puppet and Chocolatey to update mostly used software
Updating the Puppet agents
Uninstalling a software
Summary

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Paperback234 pages
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