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A guide to becoming a Puppet master

This guide can help system administrators make Puppet, the open source configuration management application, a valuable part of their data center toolbox.

Why should system administrators consider the Puppet configuration management tool? Learn all about the popular open source tool in this guide, including tips on how to implement Puppet, use new features in recent releases and how to get the most out of it in your Linux data center.

New features in Puppet Enterprise

Puppet Enterprise's high availability developments could save some IT shops money, though others say they don't need it.

How Puppet can work for you?
Puppet can be a valuable configuration management tool for nearly any size enterprise. Read how Puppet works, and find out why several prominent organizations are now using it to manage their systems.

Getting started with Puppet
Puppet makes system administration easier This open source client-server application requires minimal coding knowledge to implement. Find out what you need to do to get started in this tip on Puppet installation and configuration.

Configuring Puppet on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
You can implement Puppet on most any system that can run Ruby, including RHEL 5. Streamline the management of hundreds of virtual hosts by using Puppet as your centralized configuration management tool. Learn how to install, configure and manage nodes with Puppet on RHEL 5.

Using new features in the evolving Puppet
Puppet has come a long way since its original version, and the newest variation of the open source enterprise systems management tool comes with fresh features. The new Puppet 2.6 includes support for Ruby domain-specific language and a new auditing configuration capability. Get an overview of the update and learn how to use the new features.

Configure the Puppet Dashboard
One of the newer Puppet tools allows users to track node success and failure, and displays the results for a quick glance. Learn how to install the Puppet Dashboard, a graphical user interface that makes managing configurations even easier, and configure the Dashboard to automatically import reports.

Using Vagrant with Puppet
Find out how to use Puppet's configuration management automation to create VirtualBox hosts with Vagrant. Then, quickly create development hosts and production hosts.

An expert's take on Puppet
How can Puppet help system administrators simplify configuration management? This Q&A with James Turnbull, author of Pulling Strings with Puppet, explores the ins and outs of Puppet, including how the application can help the IT manager and what its potential weaknesses are.

What Puppet can do: A real-world example
Puppet has helped many organizations streamline their configuration management, including Constant Contact. The e-mail marketing firm deployed Puppet and DevOps to scale up operations from hundreds to thousands of servers in their data center.

Using Puppet to install an OpenStack Nova compute cloud
The open source cloud project, OpenStack, can be used to host private or public clouds using the compute platform Nova. In this tip, you can learn how to use Puppet to install OpenStack Nova on your Linux server and begin hosting a cloud.

Systems management gold
Automation can help save money and improve efficiency, and open source products are softer on the wallet. Read why’s judges awarded Puppet Labs a gold award for 2010 product of the year in the systems management category.

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