Configuring Puppet

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I’m a traditional wintel vmware engineer working in the UK in a team focusing on platform configuration automation for virtual and physical Windows hosted solutions. This video of how Puppet can be used to manage Amazon EC2. Shortly after watching this VMware Hybrid Cloud Services launched and on watching Nicholas Weavers video from PuppetConf 2013]( From this point on I decided that I needed to look into Puppet and how it could help me,  on initial looking it became clear that Puppet is traditionally *nix but does function on Windows so I thought I’d start here.

Environmental Summary

VMWare Workstation - 8.0.6 build-1035888
Puppet Learning VM (1.5GB vRAM 1x vCPU 4.5GB HDD), Download Here.

Puppet Learning VM - Configuration

Once the Puppet Enterprise Learning VM is deployed from the OVF.  Its pretty intuitive setup I only changed to a bridged network connection for vNIC and installed VMware tools.

VMware tools install command syntax used

yum -y install perl
mkdir /mnt/cdrom
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
cp /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-*.tar.gz /tmp
umount /mnt/cdrom
tar -zxf /tmp/VMwareTools-*.tar.gz -C /tmp
cd /
./tmp/vmware-tools-distrib/ --default
rm -f /tmp/VMwareTools-*.tar.gz
rm -rf /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib