This Year's Tech Read: Mastering Puppet

Leverage Puppet 5 for medium to large scale enterprise deployment.

Customer Testimonial:

“This book is a fantastic dive in automation using Puppet. The author’s understanding of the components, including best practices and real world application, is a refreshing find. The topics hit throughout are immediately useful and demonstrate the ‘why’ as opposed to best practice dictation” - Gregory V. Pastorelli

About the Author:

Ryan Russell-Yates , IGNW Principal Consultant, is a technical consultant in the space of automation, DevOps and Infrastructure Architecture. He has helped numerous IT practitioners at companies of various shapes and sizes across various industries to implement automation best practices at scale. Ryan's true passion in the technology industry is teaching practitioners new tools, technologies and strategies for dealing with today's complicated digital landscape.

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Key Features

  • Use and deploy Puppet 5, irrespective the size of your organization

  • Scaling, performance improvements, and managing multiple developer requests

  • Troubleshooting techniques, tips and tricks to make the most of Puppet 5

Book Description

Puppet is a configuration management system and a language written for and by system administrators to manage a large number of systems efficiently and prevent configuration drift.

The core topics this book addresses are Puppet's latest features and mastering Puppet Enterprise. You will begin by writing a new Puppet module, gaining an understanding of the guidelines and style of the Puppet community. Following on from this, you will take advantage of the roles and profiles pattern, and you will learn how to structure your code. Next, you will learn how to extend Puppet and write custom facts, functions, types, and providers in Ruby, and also use the new features of Hiera 5. You will also learn how to configure the new Code Manager component, and how to ensure code is automatically deployed to (multiple) Puppet servers. Next, you will learn how to integrate Puppet with Jenkins and Git to build an effective workflow for multiple teams, and use the new Puppet Tasks feature and the latest Puppet Orchestrator language extensions. Finally, you will learn how to scale and troubleshoot Puppet.

By the end of the book, you will be able to deal with problems of scale and exceptions in your code, automate workflows, and support multiple developers working simultaneously.

What you will learn

  • Solve problems using modules and the roles and profiles pattern

  • Extend Puppet with custom facts, functions, types, and providers

  • Use Hiera 5 and Code Manager/r10k to separate code from data

  • Continuously integrate your code using Jenkins, Git and automated testing

  • Use exported resources and the new Puppet Orchestration features

  • Explore Puppet Discovery features and their use

  • Troubleshoot various parts of the Puppet Enterprise infrastructure

  • Scale up and scale out Puppet infrastructure using various techniques

Who this book is for

If you are a system administrator or developer who has used Puppet in production and are looking for ways to easily use Puppet in an enterprise environment, this book is for you. Some knowledge of writing simple configuration management modules would be necessary.

Table of Contents

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  1. Authoring Modules

  2. Roles and Profiles

  3. Extending Puppet

  4. Hiera 5

  5. Managing Code

  6. Workflow

  7. Continuous Integration

  8. Extending Puppet with Tasks and Discovery

  9. Exported Resources

  10. Application Orchestration

  11. Scaling Puppet

  12. Troubleshooting and Profiling

Note: The book is not updated to Puppet 6, but all the concepts in this book apply to Puppet 6