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Pulling Strings with Puppet: Configuration Management Made Easy (FirstPress) 2007th Edition
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The one thing that's missing, and it's driving me crazy is that it doesn't have an index! That's maddening for a reference book. In a perfect world, I'd like to see some more best practices and some suggestions for how to transition running machines on to puppet.
Overall, a 'buy', but bring your own sticky notes to mark important pages...
I have a major complaint about this edition, however: when it comes to technical books, published code should ALWAYS be tested. It should be taken as absolute fact that the code published in a reference manual will function correctly and do what the author claims it will do. That's not the case here. For example:
On pg. 116, the author creates a resource of type
But in the definition for "apache:apache_files" ON THE VERY NEXT PAGE it reads:
define appache::apache_files ...
with two 'p's. It's clear that this code could never have been tested, because it wouldn't work!
But the author does demonstrate a thorough understanding of the subject matter, and I will probably buy "Pro Puppet" when it is released. But I sincerely hope the code is tested (or the editing is improved).
Thanks for a great resource and I am hoping that as Puppet matures, that the 2nd Edition is not far off.
Puppet is now well into version 0.25.4, but the information in this book is still pertinent in many ways. I would love to see an updated version, though!
I'm not sure that I would have managed to learn everything I needed to about puppet using only the docs on the website; often I got the familiar feeling when reading through the wiki that some crucial bit of information was being assumed, but this book always backed up its information with examples that I could use to grasp the idea being presented.
On thing to note about the book -- It's really not structured to be a quick-start guide, but rather each chapter lays a foundation of knowledge that the next chapter builds upon. As such, I'd recommend setting aside a couple of afternoons to read through the book, ideally before you even begin to set up your puppet environment.
Puppet has many issues, and although it's a well-though-out program and solution, it suffers from poor examples and bad documentation on their website. So, as one Linux expert told me, "Puppet is hard." I struggled for some time just getting it to run at all. This book does very little to aid you in just getting Puppet running, although it spends quite some text to tell you how to install it.
Recommend: Use an older version of Linux, such as Ubuntu 8.0.4, and you may have better luck.
Puppet looks incredibly easy to understand and deploy. Unfortunately, the writers of documentation or books stop short of what I deem "real" help. After reading this book, the one thing I'm left with is a feeling of understanding, but the nearly complete inability to expand beyond basic examples. I'm confident I could deploy a Puppet solution, but unfortunately, just as the book refers to reductivelabs.com wiki pages for references and more information, Reductive Labs does very little to take it from there. No real effort is given from either party to connect the dots and make this easy.
I recommend this book to introduce you to Puppet. I had to read it three times to really "get it", but I'm still stuck with lacking examples of syntax in many, many cases.
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Very dated - but was a great intro at the time.
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The book is informative, but is very outdated and refers to a version of the product that has been largely rewritten and re-imagined. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stephen Mann
For any sysadmin that needs an introduction to Puppet this is a good book to start with, gives you a basic understanding of puppet and how it works, I recommend it.Published on May 11, 2014 by Carlos E. Ku
I read 2/3rds of this book and gave up. It is poorly edited, contains too many mistakes/inconsistencies and reads like a first draft. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Romski
The info is good but the lack of an index makes it useless as a reference.Published on September 11, 2010 by Nathan Mueller
Its a short book but given the light level of documentation around the puppet opensource project I found this book useful to get you started automating machine administration. Read morePublished on May 18, 2010 by Simon Reavely
Well written book to get you going with Puppet. I understand there will be an new book from the same author later this year (aprox. Read morePublished on May 17, 2010 by G. Schram
I started using puppet about 2 months ago and had spent quit some time googling around. It worked, but I had many questions where I could not find a clear answer. Read more