3
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1answer
15 views

How can we force a puppet manifest and module syntax check prior to version control check-in?

I am working on deploying version control for our puppet modules and manifests. I want to enforce a workflow that requires a puppet module and manifest code check prior to a check-in of changes. This ...
0
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1answer
54 views

Manage workstations with Puppet and TheForeman

I'm building an IT infrastructure for managing all the workstations in my company. I am interested in Puppet and a external node classifier as The Foreman, but I see all the time that Puppet and The ...
2
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0answers
40 views

A testing framework for Linux server configuration management

We are a medium sized shop that uses Puppet for Linux configuration management. Since we are a small shop, it's difficult to deploy and maintain DTAP environment. We normally perform manual testing ...
5
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5answers
168 views

Version Controlling Foreman & Puppet

I have just setup Foreman for the first time & am not sure how to go about putting all of my configurations under version control. I know I can use Git for each module I install on my Puppet ...
2
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0answers
119 views

Need a PHP version manager to deploy multiple versions of PHP on production servers [closed]

I'm currently running a few LAMP stacks, where I've setup PHP 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4 by hand. All servers are running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. 5.3 is currently installed via apt-get but all other PHP versions are ...
6
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1answer
598 views

Puppet package “ensure => latest” doesn't always work

I have a unique situation where the Puppet package ensure => latest directive only worked on some of my systems. Out of 30 servers, the packages updated properly on all but 4. I'm trying to get ...
10
votes
1answer
942 views

Configuration management: push versus pull based topology

The more established configuration management (CM) systems like Puppet and Chef use a pull-based approach: clients poll a centralized master periodically for updates. Some of them offer a masterless ...
0
votes
1answer
80 views

Puppet node ordering

Can someone help me with puppet node ordering, I know how to control sequence inside classes using require, before, subscribe etc but I need to be 100% sure that my node2 will be executed only after ...
2
votes
1answer
104 views

Can we get git-like functionality with a tool like puppet?

I'm thinking about a convenient way to track my vps configurations and to deploy them in one click (or more or less one). I have been reading up and looking into different config deployment tools of ...
3
votes
1answer
321 views

How to update grub with puppet?

I would like to change a line in /etc/default/grub with puppet to this: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="cgroup_enable=memory" I've tried to used augeas which seems to do this magic: exec { "update_grub": ...
28
votes
5answers
2k views

How can a Linux Administrator improve their shell scripting and automation skills?

In my organization, I work with a group of NOC staff, budding junior engineers and a handful of senior engineers; all with a focus on Linux. One interesting step in the way the company grows talent is ...
3
votes
1answer
182 views

Is it worth it to do revision control/puppet/etc. on a single-server-setup?

After reading Using revision control for server configuration files?, I decided to install etckeeper on my server. However, it's a one-server setup, so I only have one physical machine and no load ...
44
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6answers
11k views

Why use Chef/Puppet over shell scripts?

New to Puppet and Chef tools. Seems like the job that they are doing can be done with shell scripting. Maybe it was done in shell scripts until these came along. I would agree they are more readable. ...
1
vote
1answer
153 views

How auto configure or mirror my dev Ubuntu installation onto other dev machines?

I have a lot of packages and configurations done to setup my dev machine. I have other developers in my team and want them to have the same setup to start with to ensure compatibility and availability ...
2
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2answers
317 views

puppet fileserver serve non-module file

I'd like to server file which is located in /etc/puppet/files/key.pgp file { "/var/www/key.gpg": ensure => present, source => 'puppet:///files/key.gpg', } I'm getting this ...
1
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1answer
177 views

How to grant in Puppet a global permissions to PostgreSQL?

Official postgresql module from puppetlabs allow granting privileges on specific database. postgresql::database_grant{'grant to myuser': privilege => 'CREATE', db => ...
1
vote
1answer
362 views

How to install packages from source code with Puppet?

I'd like to install source code packages which doesn't have binary packages (deb, rpm) yet. How do I stop execution of a module in case that the module is already install on that machine? I'm using: ...
1
vote
3answers
260 views

Need puppet server sizing and scale limits [duplicate]

My company is considering adopting Puppet to manage our infrastructure. We've heard that Puppet is not as efficient as other solutions such as CFEngine. Does anyone have any hard data about how many ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Why Puppet can require each package just once?

When defining dependencies in a class each Package can be globally defined just once. I have hierarchy of configuration and some packages should be installed on all machines (that goes to default ...
1
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2answers
622 views

how can I call ruby function basename in puppet

I'd like to call function File.basename which is available in Ruby. Is it possible in puppet? Something like: $filename = basename($download_url)
3
votes
2answers
2k views

how to pass parameters to puppet modules?

What is the best practice for configuration of puppet modules? I have puppet 2.7.11. I find this way quite messy, it looks like using global variables. node default { $always_apt_update = true ...
0
votes
1answer
473 views

puppet environment variable $PATH is not set

I'm trying to install a module with puppet 2.7 on Debian 6.0 and I keep getting this error: returns: change from notrun to 0 failed: Could not find command 'tar' this is the relevant code: file ...
6
votes
1answer
83 views

Easily recreate a server's “state” [closed]

I want the ability to setup new servers for dev/testing/prod very easily. The reasons for being able to setup a new dev VM is obvious, but for prod my concern is adding a new production ...
2
votes
1answer
309 views

Managing multiple linux\freebsd server? [closed]

I currently have 5 FreeBSD servers that I'm handling on my own. I just bought 10 more servers and I want to start using some centralized configuration system like Puppet. I was wondering if there ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

How to generate customized sudoers files in puppet depending on the environment they're deployed to?

the sysadmins are present in the sudoers files of all environments, but other sudoers are not. Different environments all have slightly different sudoers. Most of the time, 90% of users are the same, ...
48
votes
2answers
7k views

Why is it so difficult to upgrade between major versions of Red Hat and CentOS?

"Can we upgrade our existing production EL5 servers to EL6?" A simple-sounding request from two customers with completely different environments prompted my usual best-practices answer of "yes, but ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Puppet Enterprise vs. Open Source

I'm interested in learning to use Puppet. One example I see over and over again is user management. According the the Puppet website, "Configuration management – User accounts" is a feature that only ...
1
vote
1answer
406 views

Puppet: array in parameterized classes VS using resources

I have some use cases where I want to define multiple similar resources that should end up in a single file (via a template). As an example I'm trying to write a puppet module that will let me ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

Puppet: managing (lots of) Apache VirtualHosts

I'm learning my way through configuration management in general and using puppet to implement it in particular. I have already done some generic research (also on SF) and right now I'm considering ...
33
votes
0answers
5k views

What advantages/features does Puppet or Chef offer over Salt (or vice versa)? [closed]

I am looking at rolling out a new configuration management tool to replace our home-grown solution. The defacto standards are Chef and Puppet, both of which are Ruby-centric (though can be used to ...
47
votes
6answers
5k views

What should NOT be managed by puppet?

I'm learning my way through configuration management in general and using puppet to implement it in particular, and I'm wondering what aspects of a system, if any, should not be managed with puppet? ...
0
votes
1answer
187 views

Arbitrary software configuration management with Puppet?

I am evaluating Puppet as a potential replacement for an in-house software configuration and distribution system. I am looking for advice on whether Puppet can satisfy certain requirements for ...
69
votes
6answers
11k views

How can the little guys effectively learn and use Puppet?

Six months ago, in our not-for-profit project we decided to start migrating our system management to a Puppet-controlled environment because we are expecting our number of servers to grow ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

Generating Puppet resources from array of hashes

I'm new to Puppet and to start using it I want to learn how to manage system users. I have several users, which share common properties, so I thought I should factor things out. After some struggle, ...
-4
votes
1answer
1k views

Is Chef/Puppet too complicated? [closed]

I know both of them are amazing tools, and have great feature sets. But maybe, just maybe, they are like Word/Excel, which I probably only use < 10% feature in my lifetime. To me, a bash-based ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Using Augeas to modify Squid configuration

I'm running squid-deb-proxy and I want to alter the configuration using Puppet/Augeas. When I try this: augeas {'squid-deb-proxy.conf': lens => 'Squid.lns', incl => ...
9
votes
3answers
6k views

Set sysctl.conf parameters with Puppet

This was a breeze in CFEngine... But I'm in a Puppet environment now, and need to be able to assign/ensure/check certain sysctl.conf variables. In the CFEngine world, I could simply check for specific ...
5
votes
1answer
452 views

Automatic management of SSL certificate on multiple servers…good or bad

We're using puppet to manage a group of Ubuntu boxes and will shortly require each of these servers to share a common SSL certificate, in order to serve a site over HTTPS. Naturally, we'd like to use ...
5
votes
2answers
6k views

How to comment out / uncomment a line in a configuration file with Augeas?

Assumming that I have the following in the /etc/syslog.conf file: # Log all kernel messages to the console. # Logging much else clutters up the screen. #kern.* /dev/console ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

Patching with Puppet

I am new to Puppet, and I am wondering if it is an effective solution for patch/pkg management on Solaris as well as Linux. I am more interested on the Solaris side. So far am unable to locate any ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

Specifying prerequisites for Puppet custom facts?

I have written a custom Puppet fact that requires the biosdevname tool to be installed. I'm not sure how to set things up correctly such that this tool will be installed before facter tries to ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

Enforcing hashed home directory permissions with puppet

Home directories in our environment are hashed using the first two letters of a username. For example, the home directory for user lars is /home/l/a/lars. I would like to use puppet to enforce mode ...
0
votes
3answers
289 views

Tools to use for ec2 instance management [closed]

I am looking over couple of tools for managing the ec2 instances: Requirement: 1) I should be able to spin-off a new instance and the new instance get all the configurations required. 2) I ...
1
vote
2answers
879 views

puppet or chef for stand alone server with limited resources

I have a small virtual linux server (500 megs ram). I may eventually get one or two more servers, not more. I'm a dev, not a sys admin so I don't know the best practices involving linux ...
2
votes
2answers
456 views

Is there something like puppet or chef that can manage dependencies across hosts?

Chef/puppet are great tools for managing the configuration of individual hosts, but they seem to fall down slightly when a configuration has dependencies between hosts. For example, I'd like to have ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

How can I configure exim4 with a smarthost via puppet?

I have tried to automate the exim setup via puppet. I followed the approach described here, whiched worked for me for a few packages, but for exim I had a problem: one selection was not correctly ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

Chef/Puppet with multiple configuration servers

Does either Puppet or Chef support replicated puppetmasterd/Chef servers? It seems very surprising to me that these tools would force a single point of failure, but I haven't been able to find any ...
1
vote
3answers
3k views

Using MCollective to run Puppet

I have to administrate a big cluster of servers in the cloud and now I want to automate the installation process of these machines. Therefore I use puppet as configuration management system. I want ...
16
votes
7answers
2k views

What are the right questions to ask when deciding whether to use Chef or Puppet?

I am about to start a new project which will, in part, require deploying many identical nodes of approximately three different classes: Data nodes, which will run sharded instances of MongoDB. ...
9
votes
2answers
716 views

Configuration Management overkill for 3 node clusters?

I have 2-3 node clusters for our load balancers and various web applications. I'm having to make the change in QA first, then in staging (on 2-3 servers), then in production (on 2-3) servers. Is a ...