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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: #281,220 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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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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4.0 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The reference in Puppet book April 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Don't look elsewhere, if you're looking for ONE book about Puppet 3, then this is the one.
The book is very clear and covers all the new features of Puppet 3.
Combined with the excellent on line documentation of PuppetLabs you will be ready to write simple and elegant manifests.
Definitively worth the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book. Has some typos April 11, 2014
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Good book. It does have more typos than I would like(some in the examples). Overall I'm learning quite a bit and getting good with puppet.
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