Puppet Configuration and Administration

5 days


Puppet is an open source (with a commercial version aimed at the Enterprise market) systems management tool which provides a centralised configuration for all your UNIX, Linux and Apple systems, even on the other side of your firewall. What makes it different is that it speaks the local language of your target hosts allowing Puppet to define tasks with generic instructions. These are called recipes and are so portable that they can be shared on the Puppet website and used by all.

Puppet is also flexible; being open source you can alter the code to suit your circumstances, and it's extensible. We will show you just how easy it is to add and amend functions.

Finally, it is better than most configuration tools because Puppet uses Facter, which allows you to query host information and define custom facts on a host which can be used as variables by the Puppet system.

This course is aimed at showing you how to set up and configure Puppet and how to make the most of it, be it the open source or the enterprise version. As well as looking at the core features of Puppet , including its configuration language, we will also provide you with a chance to go through a configuration of your own and manage a couple of nodes.

On completion delegates will understand what Puppet can do and be able to:

  • Install and configure Puppet servers and clients
  • Create and modify manifests
  • Modularise configurations
  • Use templates for file creation
  • Use the Puppet file server
  • Generate reports
  • Extend Puppet's abstraction layer

The course is comprised of lecture content and lab practicals. All sections contain exercises to help understand what you have just covered. Toward the end of the course a workshop will help you fully utilise the knowledge acquired up to that point to set up two or three clients and a Puppet master.


This course is for Unix/Linux systems administrators looking to automate their infrastructure. It covers all the topics necessary for you to be totally au fait with the product and as it is delivered as a single seamless course it is considerably cheaper and one day shorter than other courses.


Delegates should be experienced Unix/Linux systems administrators with some scripting knowledge (bash, sh, ksh, Perl or Python) and a broad understanding of the various system tasks relating to setting up and supporting Unix/Linux systems.

Knowledge of Ruby is not essential to see this product in action, since Ruby is only required to extend the current Puppet system.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Puppet
  • Defining what Puppet is and does
  • Terminology and structure
  • References to online resources
  • Installation
  • What is required to install Puppet
  • Dependencies and order of installation
  • Checking Puppet works
  • Steps to run before starting the master
  • Starting Puppet
  • Command line options
  • Files related to start up
  • File locations
  • Minimum configuration to make Puppet start
  • Starting the server and clients
  • Working with certificates
  • Configuring the Server
  • Puppet's configuration files
  • Understanding the different sections
  • What the values mean
  • A simple manifest
  • Resources
  • Understand what a resource is
  • Define and create resources using various types
  • Apply to hosts in the network or all
  • Work with system variables using Facter
  • Define a Puppet file server
  • Classes
  • Understand classes and how they work
  • Applying them
  • Understand the rules of inheritance
  • Work with variables
  • Metaparameters
  • Arrays
  • Conditions
  • Understand and use the various constructs for decision making in Puppet
  • Use virtual resources
  • Functions
  • Understand the different types of functions within Puppet and their uses
  • Find out where to keep up to date on new functions
  • Tags, Templates and Modules
  • Use tags, templates and modules to manage your infrastructure
  • Creating templates for varying file data of particular format
  • Environments and Stored Configurations
  • Understand the default environments provided by Puppet
  • Defining and using your own environments
  • Working with stored configurations
  • Language Patterns and Reporting
  • Install and work with the Puppet dashboard
  • rrd graphing
  • custom reporting
  • Best Practices
  • Enhancing the open source version to suit your enterprise
  • Work with other systems containing host information
  • Add custom facts to facter
  • Create and use types and providers
  • Ideas for best design and security of Puppet configurations
  • Puppet Enterprise
  • Understand the differences between the open source and enterprise versions
  • Install and configure the Enterprise version of Puppet
  • Manage systems with the web interface
  • MCollective
  • Working with MCollective to control and manage your Puppet environment and nodes
  • Security configurations
  • Use of the web live management interface
  • Hiera
  • Integrating Hiera into Puppet
  • Empower your definitions to work with variable data provided through the Hiera data structure
  • Install, configure and create Hiera data to integrate with Puppet
  • Workshop
  • Putting Puppet through its paces and how to configure some agent nodes to configure:
  • DNS
  • DHCP


We will also take a look at how you can install and start Puppet from Kickstart enabling your entire enterprise from the install with minimal touch.

Verhoef Training's Puppet Courses have been independently developed and are not affiliated with, endorsed or sponsored by, or being offered in partnership with Puppet Labs.

Puppet is a registered trade mark of Puppet Labs.

Thinking about Onsite?

If you need training for 3 or more people, you should ask us about onsite training. Putting aside the obvious location benefit, content can be customised to better meet your business objectives and more can be covered than in a public classroom. It's a cost effective option.

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