Pulling Strings with Puppet: Configuration Management Made Easy (Apress) introduces system administrators to the automation tool, Puppet. Beginning with installation and configuration, this Puppet reference manual explains how to create automated tasks, or recipes, for user and group management, server services, and more. With Puppet, admins can also create custom reports to monitor automated processes. Puppet also includes the tool Facter, which is used to retrieve critical network data such as IP addresses, server names and MAC addresses.
Chapter 2 – Installing and Running Puppet– Author James Turnbull guides the reader through Puppet's installation and configuration. Puppet master servers and clients can be set up from source, packages or as a Ruby Gem, and Chapter 2 covers each of these installation methods for either Linux or Unix systems. After you configure both Puppet master and client, you'll be on your way to using this useful tool on your system.
This chapter is excerpted from Pulling Strings with Puppet: Configuration Management Made Easy, by James Turnbull, published by Apress, February 2008, (ISBN: 978-1-59059-978-5/1-59059-978-0). Copyright © 2008.
By taking a declarative approach to automation, IT teams can define the desired state of their machines and determine how they will be configured.