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Puppet Configuration and Administration – 3 Days

Basic / Intermediate Concepts and Techniques

Course Description

This course presents the system management and configuration tool Puppet Enterprise 5, from methods, techniques, capabilities to implementation.  Each participant will learn how to install the Puppet master and agent (client) applications along with the impact on the RHEL 7 system.  A lot of time and attention will be spent in learning, writing, and applying resource definitions, the key part of Puppet that allows an administrator to synchronize environments easily and uniformly.


Each participant will have a dedicated RHEL 7 virtual server for Puppet Enterprise installation, resource definition writing and application.  A second  RHEL 7 virtual system will be setup as the Puppet agent. The system will also be used as a masterless Puppet configuration.

What You Will Learn

  • install and configure Puppet 5 servers and agents
  • create and modify manifests that contain resource definitions
  • create and modify classes
  • create and modify modules
  • create and modify node definitions
  • create and modify environments
  • apply manifests, classes, nodes, and environments
  • extend Puppet with functions
  • use (and extend) Facter facts
  • generate basic reports
  • use tools MCollective and Hiera 5
  • design a ‘best practice’ strategy for using Puppet capabilities


It is assumed that participants are working systems administrators with some scripting knowledge (bash, ksh, Perl or Python) and an understanding of the various system tasks related to setting up and supporting RHEL 7 systems.


Configuration Management Overview

  • configuration management
  • Puppet configuration management
  • Facter (concepts)
  • Facter installation
  • Facter core facts
  • using Facter information
  • extending Facter (external and internal facts)

Puppet Enterprise (Master Server) Installation

  • Puppet Enterprise overview
  • yum (package) repositories
  • Puppet Enterprise Master installation
  • Puppet Enterprise components
  • Puppet Enterprise key directories
  • Puppet Enterprise documentation
  • Puppet Enterprise certificates and licensing

Puppet Resource Definitions and Declarations

  • overview of resource management
  • defining configuration resources
  • checking syntax of configuration resources
  • Puppet style guide
  • applying configuration resources (locally)
  • metaparameters
  • conditionals
  • arrays of resources
  • classes
  • parameterized classes
  • classes with inheritance (and parameters)
  • defined resources (definitions)
  • run stages
  • modules
  • virtual resource definitions
  • Puppet standard library functions

 Puppet Enterprise (Agent) Installation

  • Puppet Enterprise agent overview
  • Puppet Enterprise agent installation
  • Puppet Enterprise agent initial setup

Creating Nodes and Environments

  • node definitions
  • environment definitions

Extending Puppet with Reporting, MCollective and Hiera 5

  • reporting
  • transaction reporting
  • syslog (rsyslogd) reporting
  • MCollective
  • Hiera 5

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