Managing Infrastructure with Puppet
Configuration Management at Scale
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: June 2011
Pages: 56

Get started with Puppet, and learn how this popular configuration management framework helps you automate your servers. This concise introduction shows you how to use Puppet’s tools and templates to organize and execute configuration plans on Linux, Unix, and Windows servers. Through code samples and real-world examples, you’ll learn how to manage pools of servers and virtual instances, and how to administer access control. If you’re new to Puppet, but familiar with systems administration and Ruby language basics, this book is the ideal way to start using this open source framework.

  • Learn Puppet fundamentals, including its manifest syntax and built-in functions
  • Store configurations in a central location with PuppetMaster, and define which configurations apply to which nodes
  • Build a framework to create user accounts in place of LDAP or Kerberos KDC
  • Apply techniques to execute and manage server configurations with MCollective
  • Use Puppet as an auditing tool to ensure that configurations are correct
  • Gather information on the nodes you manage with the Facter library
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    • Too basic (6)

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      1.0

      Falls short on managing infrastructure

      By Bit-cowboy

      from Bloomington, IN

      About Me Developer, Manager, Sys Admin

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult to understand
        • Not comprehensive enough

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          Comments about O'Reilly Media Managing Infrastructure with Puppet:

          This is little better than than an extended PowerPoint presentation on a couple elements of puppet. For someone looking for a book on how to setup management of several systems using puppet, go some where else. It doesn't provide an overview of the puppet system. It doesn't provide a management framework example into which Puppet is deployed. It makes passing reference to needs of system and service life cycle management but fails to provide a very robust example. I think I can get more out of the online documentation.

          The biggest problem is that it has a misleading title. The book is more about some basic and poorly thought examples of puppet than managing infrastructure.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          waste of money

          By sys-bofh

          from Europe

          About Me Designer, Sys Admin

          Pros

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            • Not comprehensive enough
            • Too basic

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              Comments about O'Reilly Media Managing Infrastructure with Puppet:

              Waster of money, way to basic.
              You get better insight using the puppetlabs online styleguide, intro ect.

              don't buy this book....

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Almost worthless

              By Jeff White

              from McLean, VA

              About Me Sys Admin

              Pros

              • Quick way to burn cash

              Cons

              • No setup examples
              • Not comprehensive enough
              • Too basic

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              • Coaster
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              Comments about O'Reilly Media Managing Infrastructure with Puppet:

              I had never gotten a bad book from O'Reilly, until now. This pamplet appears to be a poor cut and paste job from the online files provided by the developers. I had hoped it would cover the configuration of puppet, but it starts out with "load the rpm" and then it's running. It gives little information as to how to configure the service. It assumes that all will work out of the box.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Expecting More

              By Dale Betts

              from Mansfield, England

              About Me Sys Admin

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                • Not comprehensive enough

                Best Uses

                • Novice

                Comments about O'Reilly Media Managing Infrastructure with Puppet:

                Though you could probably pick up a thing or two from the actual content of this book, there really needs to be more content than this. People will feel ripped off. There's a lot you can do with Puppet. The concept of the product is fantastic, you can write plenty about it along with a lot more real world examples.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
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                Don't judge a book by its cover

                By Vamp898

                from Germany

                About Me Developer, Educator, Sys Admin

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                  • Not comprehensive enough
                  • Too basic

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                    Comments about O'Reilly Media Managing Infrastructure with Puppet:

                    Because this book is much worse than its cover.

                    But i can not tell much more about the book because the book doesnt tell me much too

                    Even for 9,99 $ this is much to expensive because you get the better thing for free from the developers of puppet

                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Waste of money

                    By Hubert

                    from Amsterdam, NL

                    About Me Sys Admin

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                    Pros

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                      • Not comprehensive enough
                      • Too basic

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                        Comments about O'Reilly Media Managing Infrastructure with Puppet:

                        O'Reilly should never have allowed this book to be put up for sale.
                        It's unbelievable shallow. Even the puppetlabs pdf manual contains much more info and insight then this 46 page nothing. Total waste of money.

                        (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                         
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                        Disappointment

                        By Java Judd

                        from Columbus, OH

                        Verified Reviewer

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                          • Too basic

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about O'Reilly Media Managing Infrastructure with Puppet:

                            I would not even call this a book. It was a 30 page pamphlet. It did not provide me any insight into puppet or help me to use or configure puppet. It was a complete waist of time and money. I am surprised O'Reilly would publish this and charge more than $.99 for it.

                            (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                             
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                            I can't believe I paid for this

                            By blkwolf

                            from Seattle, WA

                            About Me Developer, Sys Admin

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • A man page hold more info
                              • Not comprehensive enough
                              • Too basic

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about O'Reilly Media Managing Infrastructure with Puppet:

                                I bought this hoping for some insightful new information related to Puppet and managing servers etc.

                                When it arrived I realized I paid $25.00 for 30 whole pages of sparse information that is explained far better in puppetlabs online language guide.

                                Overall this was a huge waste of money for me, and it amazes me that O'Reilly would even publish something like this.

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