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Puppet 4 Essentials - Second Edition

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Learn
  • Write and employ individual Puppet manifests
  • Understand how Puppet implements system abstraction
  • Deploy the Puppet master and agents
  • Leverage and extend Facter to summarize your systems
  • Create modular and reusable Puppet code
  • Extend your code base with publicly available Puppet modules
  • Use the modern features of Puppet 4
  • Separate logic from data using Hiera
About

Puppet is a configuration management tool that allows you to automate all your IT configurations, giving you control over what you do to each Puppet Agent in a network, and when and how you do it. In this age of digital delivery and ubiquitous Internet presence, it's becoming increasingly important to implement scalable and portable solutions, not only in terms of software, but also the systems that run it. The free Ruby-based tool Puppet has established itself as the most successful solution to manage any IT infrastructure. Ranging from local development environments through complex data center setups to scalable cloud implementations, Puppet allows you to handle them all with a unified approach.

Puppet 4 Essentials, Second Edition gets you started rapidly and intuitively as you’ll put Puppet’s tools to work right away. It will also highlight the changes associated with performance improvements as well as the new language features in Puppet 4.

We’ll start with a quick introduction to Puppet to get you managing your IT systems quickly. You will then learn about the Puppet Agent that comes with an all-in-one (AIO) package and can run on multiple systems. Next, we’ll show you the Puppet Server for high-performance communication and passenger packages. As you progress through the book, the innovative structure and approach of Puppet will be explained with powerful use cases. The difficulties that are inherent to a complex and powerful tool will no longer be a problem for you as you discover Puppet's fascinating intricacies.

By the end of the book, you will not only know how to use Puppet, but also its companion tools Facter and Hiera, and will be able to leverage the flexibility and expressive power implemented by their tool chain.

Features
  • Breeze through Puppet 4’s key features and performance improvements to bring real advantage to your IT infrastructure
  • Discover Puppet best practices to help you avoid common mistakes and pitfalls
  • Blitz through easy-to-follow examples to get to grips with Puppet and succeed with everyday IT automation
Page Count 246
Course Length 7 hours 22 minutes
ISBN9781785881107
Date Of Publication 11 Dec 2015

Authors

Felix Frank

Felix Frank has used and programmed computers for most of his life. During and after working on his computer science diploma, he gained experience on the job as a systems administrator, server operator, and open source software developer. He spent 6 years of his 11-year career as a Puppet power user. In parallel, he spent about two years intensifying his studies through ongoing source code contributions and active participation in several conferences.

Martin Alfke

Martin Alfke is the co-founder and CEO of example42 GmbH. He has been a Puppet and automation enthusiast since 2007 and has delivered the official Puppet training in Germany since 2011. In the past, he would have said that he is a "System Administrator." Nowadays he prefers the term "Infrastructure Engineer." The big difference is that System Administrators SSH into systems, whereas Infrastructure Engineers fix their automation.

With example42 GmbH Martin supports Puppet Inc as Puppet Service Delivery Partner. He likes giving talks and workshops at conferences around the Globe.