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Pro Puppet [Kindle Edition]

Spencer Krum , William Van Hevelingen , Ben Kero , James Turnbull , Jeffrey McCune
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Book Description

Pro Puppet, Second Edition, now updated for Puppet 3, is an in-depth guide to installing, using, and developing the popular configuration management tool Puppet.

Puppet provides a way to automate everything from user management to server configuration. You'll learn how Puppet has changed in the latest version, how to use it on a variety of platforms, including Windows, how to work with Puppet modules, and how to use Hiera.

Puppet is a must-have tool for system administrators, and Pro Puppet will teach you how to maximize its capabilities and customize it for your environment.

Install and configure Puppet to immediately start automating tasks and create reporting solutions

Learn insider tricks and techniques to better manage your infrastructure

Become a Puppet expert!

What you’ll learn

  • How to use Puppet to administer Linux, Unix, and Windows systems
  • Best practices for at-scale deployment
  • How to write reusable puppet modules for yourself and for the community
  • How to use numerous tools around Puppet such as rspec-puppet, Geppetto, and PuppetDB
  • Advanced Puppet Features such as Hiera and Mcollective

Who this book is for

System administrators who need to quickly get into the details of configuration management with Puppet. You don't need previous Puppet experience, but it will help if you've had some experience with configuration management.

For errata to this book, please visit the authors' error github at:

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About the Author

James Turnbull is the author of five technical books about open source software and a longtime member of the open source community. James authored the first and second books about Puppet, and works for Puppet Labs, running client services. James speaks regularly at conferences including OSCON,, FOSDEM, OpenSourceBridge, DevOpsDays and a number of others. He is a past president of Linux Australia, has run and serves on the program committee of and OSCON. James is Australian but currently lives in Portland, Oregon. His interests include cooking, wine, political theory, photojournalism, philosophy, and most recently the Portland Timbers association football team.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 3215 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1430260408
  • Publisher: Apress; 2 edition (December 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,914 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor technical review of Chapter 2 September 19, 2014
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Unfortunately the first substantial coding example (Chapter 2, the ssh module) is riddled with errors. Do yourself a favor and download / get the errata BEFORE reading the chapter as it clearly highlights several problems with the example. (The errata is here:

It's a shame that whomever did the technical review for Chapter 2 didn't catch these before publication as they are highly confusing and misleading. The inconsistency between using the install and package classes is maddening.
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Back in 2013, when Puppet 2.3 was released, the second edition of Pro Puppet made it to the shelves, targeting a very limited number of professional looking for whatever they couldn’t find neither on the (excellent) official documentation nor through some frantic googling. This book is the joint effort of names that should sound familiar to anyone into automation as well as into containers. This group thing resulted in a collection of precious insights but also of different writing styles that make it hard for the user to follow.

I am not aware of the contribution of each of the authors. What’s certain is that what the reader holds in his hands is something that feels like a work in progress, an early preview that did not pass through proofreading yet, rather than the final product. It’s not just because of the horde of typos lurking through the pages, nor because of the terminal’s standard output brutally copied/pasted without any mercy, covering entire pages. It’s mainly because of the feeling of disorganization that the books gives you, hopping from topic to topic without a smooth flow.

As the title suggests, Pro Puppet is for professionals, experienced puppetteers that know their way through modules, externam node configurations and environments. The depth of the topics covered,summed up with the overall chaotic organization of the book, would deliver a strong blow to the beginner’s hopes to learn Puppet.

Once the aforementioned details are crystal clear, I must admin that Pro Puppet delivers a lot to the brave reader that is not scared to get through it. While a beginners guide show how to install and get an agent talking to the master, here the authors discuss different master/agents scenarios, as well as the masterless option.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book February 10, 2014
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I read the first edition of this book and enjoyed it, and have found the second edition an even better resource. The second edition has brought in many useful updates to keep up with the rapidly-changing puppet ecosystem. The book is written clearly and teaches how a puppet newbie can get a successfully running puppet 3.x environment up and running, and also has plenty for the experienced puppet user to learn (eg scaling puppet, best practices, hiera).

The gold standard in puppet books, highly recommended.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improvements in new book version March 26, 2014
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Pro Puppet is fairly comprehensive and provides improvements on the earlier version. The chapter on Hiera is greatly appreciated. I would have liked to see some sections with a little more depth such as environments and git, but I realize there's only so many pages. Overall, good read and I would recommend to somebody starting out.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to date. February 19, 2015
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The version of the book I received was not for the latest version of Puppet, and did not contain any version information. None of the examples would actually work in test. While the principles of Puppet were still usable, the examples were not. Visiting the Puppet website can give you the command definitions and it is possible to kind of understand what the author intends; but I wouldn't buy the book again.
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This book was great! Good examples of usable configurations. This book now sits on my shelf as a reference for my Puppet deployment. I like the architecture discussed as well for larger deployments. Load balancing, all that. A solid book for any System Administrator.
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2.0 out of 5 stars As Dominic Delmolino wrote in his comment, chapter 2 ... November 23, 2014
As Dominic Delmolino wrote in his comment, chapter 2 is a total mess. Even the source code on git hub is wrong and does not reflect the final version.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad if you can get past the typos November 10, 2014
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It's full of typos, but presents a decent overview of Puppet in its current state.
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