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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (October 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781849515382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849515382
  • ASIN: 1849515387
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,000,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Arundel

John Arundel is a sysadmin, architect and systems integrator of 20 years experience. He is a published author of several technical books, a well-known expert on Puppet, the open-source configuration management system, and speaks regularly at technical user groups and conferences. Together with a small network of trusted associates, John has been helping small businesses grow for over five years.

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Top book recommendation for anyone that does or wants to work with Puppet.
astrostl
I learn quite fast, but the format of this book left a lot of basic questions still unanswered for me.
Brian M. Murphree
It is organized into a set of recipes addressing the most common problems you have with puppet.
Sylvain Le Gall

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By book worm on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Initially when I started to work with puppet I found it hard to manage my modules, certificates and various conf files. In these terms I found this book a practical and handy guide, with lot of best practices.

The best part is the way each content is organized. Each topic is distributed into following sections "Getting ready", "How to do it", "How it works", "There's more", and "See also". This made things detailed and clear for me.

Even if you have done puppet set-up in this book you might find some useful info which can make things easier or better. For example, this books, talks about various puppet.conf parameters (as common as modulepath and as unknown as usecacheonfailure, ).

Another good thing which I felt that apart from managing Application, Packages and Virtual resources, this book covered Reporting and graphing. Though I haven't tried reporting and graphing yet, but courtesy this book I might try that soon.

The only 2 things to keep in mind regarding this book. First, it is not for beginners and demands some understanding of Puppet and Linux (though author has mentioned in the book, but thought you should be aware). Second, it is not purely a "How do I" kind of book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By astrostl on February 1, 2012
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I think this the book that I wanted Pro Puppet to be. Light on handholding. Lots of "here's an example of something you might find handy, and a resource link if you're more curious about it." I've already put lots of it into practice. Top book recommendation for anyone that does or wants to work with Puppet. Between the official docs, the IRC channel, and this book you should have a fair amount of coverage. Grab Pro Puppet if you're having scale issues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 1, 2012
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For sysadmins running a large network of machines, configuration management can be a perennial headache. Puppet was devised to handle some of the tedium. This version 2.7 is rather sophisticated, judging by the text's detailed descriptions of its abilities. The package is aimed at linux and unix machines, and presupposes that you are the sysadmin, and am already familiar with and performing the typical administrative tasks. The book also seeks to appeal to the current mindshare about cloud computing. The latter still needs to be instantiated somewhere as a [massive] data center. You might be one of the chaps in it.

Unsurprisingly, puppet cannot be run by itself. The first chapter points out that you need to also install Apache and Passenger. For a unix/linux machine, Apache is probably already present. So you just need Passenger. Unfortunately, there are dependent packages. Namely Rails, Ruby and MySql. Apache is recommended by Arundel, instead of sticking with the default puppet web server which he says is too slow.

Puppet as you will see is run at the command line. Serious sysadmins should prefer this to a slick GUI, because the text based input lends itself to crontabbing (scheduling under linux) and also to a modular format in line with other unix based packages.

It is indeed possible to program in puppet. It comes with what seems to be a simple scripting language that, above all, has conditional statements ("if"). The code snippets are deliberately easy to follow. Your usages might end up with far more intricate logic. Puppet also comes in a modular form. So that 3rd parties (you?) can add to it. As inspired by the success of packages like Apache. The text explains how. Somewhat non-trivial, but it certainly looks possible. Speaking of Apache, one section of the text involves writing a module for it to interact with puppet.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian M. Murphree on April 14, 2013
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You need to have a VERY serious working knowledge and foundation of Puppet for this book to be beneficial. Most explanations are vague and seem to leave out important details that will send you into a troubleshooting frenzy, since Puppet itself is non-forgiving. I learn quite fast, but the format of this book left a lot of basic questions still unanswered for me. I put it down and found myself going through Puppet's website to learn what I needed to know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sylvain Le Gall on November 1, 2012
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I recently read this book and it was enlightening -- that is the least I can say. It is organized into a set of recipes addressing the most common problems you have with puppet. I think the whole point is about being practical and it gives you various ways to achieve the same goal, depending if you want to do a quick and dirty hack or pick a long term solution. The whole book aims at being practical and it achieves this goal pretty well. However, it is not for beginners. Puppet itself is not for beginner and you should already have written and run into problem to really take advantage of this book.

This is a shameless copy of a more complete review I blogged about:
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