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Puppet for Configuration Management Tutorial

Time:13:30 - 15:15
Day:Friday 22 January 2010
Location:Civic Suites 1 and 2 (Town Hall)
Project: Puppet
Wiki Page: Puppet for Configuration Management Tutorial

Puppet is a popular open-source server management solution written in Ruby, in use by organizations around the world to manage their computers more cheaply, more effectively, and with a higher quality of service.

Puppet is one of the easier infrastructure tools you'll ever use but it's still helpful to have a hands-on introduction to how to get started. This tutorial will provide just such an introduction. The tutorial glosses over the deep technical details to allow you to focus on doing useful work as soon as possible.

In the course of the tutorial you'll be exposed to most of the tools and configuration you would use in a functioning Puppet installation. By the end of the tutorial we'll produce a simple Puppet architecture that can manage a few key services and applications. We'll also demonstrate some of the more interesting problems Puppet simplifies solving

James Turnbull

James is an author and open source geek. James authored the first (and thus far only) book about Puppet. He is also the author of three other books including Pro Linux System Administration, Pro Nagios 2.0, and Hardening Linux.

For a real job, James runs the CERT function at the National Australia Bank. He likes food, wine, books, photography and cats. He is not overly keen on long walks on the beach and holding hands.