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Puppet is an open source configuration management platform that can rapidly spin up, configure, and tear down large numbers of servers across an enterprise.

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Puppet training teaches participants how to install and administer the Puppet master and agent (client) applications in a RHEL/CentOS 7 environment. Participants learn how to write and apply resource definitions, the key part of Puppet that allows an administrator to synchronize environments easily and uniformly.



At the end of Puppet training course, participants will be able to

  • Install and configure Puppet servers and agents
  • Create and modify manifests that contain resource definitions
  • Create and modify classes, modules, node definitions, and environments
  • Apply manifests, classes, nodes, and environments
  • Extend Puppet with functions
  • Use (and extend) Facter facts
  • Generate basic reports
  • Use the MCollective and Hiera 5 tools
  • 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 relating to setting up and supporting Linux systems.


Course Outline

  • Configuration management
  • Puppet configuration management
  • Facter (concepts)
  • Facter installation
  • Facter core facts
  • Using Facter information
  • Extending Facter (external and internal facts)

  • 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

  • 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 overview
  • Puppet Enterprise agent installation
  • Puppet Enterprise agent initial setup
  • Creating Nodes and Environments
  • Node definitions
  • Environment definitions

  • node definitions
  • environment definitions

  • Reporting
  • Transaction reporting
  • Syslog (rsyslogd) reporting
  • MCollective
  • Hiera 5