Salt Essentials
Fast, Scalable, and Flexible Automation
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2015
Pages: 178

Get a complete introduction to Salt, the widely used Python-based configuration management and remote execution tool. This practical guide not only shows system administrators how to manage complex infrastructures with Salt, but also teaches developers how to use Salt to deploy and manage their applications.

Written by two Salt experts, this book provides the information you need to deploy Salt in a production infrastructure right away. You’ll also learn how to customize Salt and use salt-cloud to manage your virtualization. If you have experience with Linux and data formats such as JSON or XML, you’re ready to get started.

  • Understand what Salt can do, and get a high-level overview of basic commands
  • Learn how execution modules let you interact with many systems at once
  • Use states to define how you want a host or a set of hosts to look
  • Dive into grains and pillars, Salt’s basic data elements
  • Control your infrastructure programmatically by extending Salt Master’s functionality
  • Extend Salt with custom modules, the Jinja templating language, and Python scripts
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2.8

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  • Novice (3)
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2.0

Hopefull will be excellent... Eventually

By kgunders

from Boise, ID

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Pros

  • Easy to understand
  • Well-written

Cons

  • Not comprehensive enough
  • Too basic

Best Uses

  • Novice

Comments about oreilly Salt Essentials:

I was early adopter of SaltStack but that job got outsourced to India before I could really do much with it. Still, I've been keeping a weather eye on the project and when I saw this book as early release and that Hatch was also coauthor I didn't hesitate to purchase. While development of SaltStack itself has been rapid, sadly development on this book has not. Updates are few and far between. Maybe Hatch is just too busy wearing his CTO hat (and heck, I don't blame him).

As it stands now, the book is a long ways from being complete so it's a bit difficult to assess other than to observe that what is here is too basic and beginner level. It is entitled "Essentials" though so maybe I'm expecting a bit much. Eventually :D

In it's current state I would not recommend this to a friend. I have high hopes that the final release will deliver a lot more though so stay tuned. Rock On!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

to early for advanced users

By T.

from Leuven, Belgium

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Pros

  • Easy to understand
  • Unique
  • Well-written

Cons

  • Not comprehensive enough
  • Not finished yet

Best Uses

  • Intermediate
  • Novice

Comments about oreilly Salt Essentials:

The book so far gives you a descent understanding about how to setup and use salt. Many things can be found in the online documentation but the book explains it better.
To bad that there are still interesting topics missing.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not nearly finished...

By Gerard Lutterop

from Amsterdam,The Netherlands

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Pros

  • Easy to understand

Cons

  • Too many errors

Best Uses

  • Expert
  • Intermediate

Comments about oreilly Salt Essentials:

The content so far is well written and gives good insight in Salt.
But just when it gets interesting, the book stops. The last chapters are missing!
Hope the book will soon be completed; early release is too early, for my taste.

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4.0

Cool but unfortunately incomplete

By Riarheos

from Moscow, Russia

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Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples

Cons

  • Too basic

Best Uses

  • Intermediate
  • Novice

Comments about oreilly Salt Essentials:

The book covers the basic saltstack topics in a very efficient way, much easier to understand than the documentation. However it still lacks the advanced topics (as it is an early release).

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