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.
While Puppet is one of the easier infrastructure tools you’ll ever use, it’s still helpful to have a hands-on introduction to how to get started, and this workshop will provide just such an introduction. The workshop will gloss over the deep technical details to allow you to focus on doing useful work as soon as possible.
In the course of the workshop you’ll be exposed to most of the tools you’d use in a functioning Puppet installation, and we’ll produce a simple Puppet architecture that can manage a few key services and demonstrate some of the more interesting problems Puppet simplifies solving
Luke has been publishing and speaking on his work in Unix administration since 1997. He has focused on tool development since 2001, developing and publishing multiple simple sysadmin tools and contributing to established products like Cfengine. He founded Reductive Labs in 2005 as a response to the stagnation in sysadmin tools, to be a vehicle for changing the way we interact with and manage our computers. He is currently focused on Puppet, an open-source automation framework written in Ruby, and he is always researching and developing new ways to make it easier to talk to computers on your terms. He has presented on Puppet and other tools around the world, including at OSCON, LISA, Linux.Conf.au, and FOSS.in.
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