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Julian SimpsonMar 4, 2007 1:49 pm 
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Julian SimpsonMar 6, 2007 12:49 pm 
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Julian SimpsonMar 7, 2007 12:53 pm 
John ArundelMar 7, 2007 1:09 pm 
Luke KaniesMar 7, 2007 1:58 pm 
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John ArundelMar 7, 2007 2:26 pm 
Luke KaniesMar 11, 2007 12:53 pm 
Julian SimpsonMar 18, 2007 1:24 pm 
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David SchmittMar 18, 2007 2:36 pm 
Julian SimpsonMar 18, 2007 3:29 pm 
Subject:[Puppet-users] What I am doing with Puppet.
From:Julian Simpson (
Date:Mar 4, 2007 1:49:51 pm


Luke asked me if I was willing to share what I am doing with the Puppet user community. So here goes:

I am using puppet to manage one host right now. While that isn't a good advertisement for Puppet's scaling capabilities, I find it interesting because I built my single node (personal mail, svn, ci and web server) with puppet where I could (clearly there was some bootstrapping going on). So I started with a VPS that was Debian stable, installed Puppet (had to download some packages by hand from unstable, etc.) I keep all the config under source control and use puppet to ship that to the machine. I probably complicated things for myself by having the Puppet managed node and Puppetmaster on the same host, but them's the breaks. I could probably distill my config down now that I have learned more about Puppet, and now that the tool has moved on.

I also use Cruise Control[1] to hook up Subversion and Puppet: Changes get detected in Cruise, a rake[2] script runs some tests on my config[3], and then makes the updated configs available to Puppetmaster. Cruisecontrol acts like a change aware cron daemon, but it also publishes changes - in a software development context this will alert the team immediately to integration issues, but using it to notify people about infrastructure changes or config issues seemed to me like a good idea.

I'm using a Java based CruiseControl service but I plan to adopt a ruby based tool[4] as that would make the rest of my toolset Ruby-based (apart from Svn, etc:).

I'm presenting this concept in more detail at a Unix conference in the UK this month, so I'd be interested in your feedback or questions: if you think it's great or insane, and why.



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