The fastest-growing segment of Puppet users is companies who utilize Puppet agent to manage their Windows nodes. Puppet brings a configuration management toolset (and mindset) to Windows administration far beyond the tools provided by Microsoft. The Windows admins I have met who have become Puppet users cannot imagine how they would do without it now.
Puppet on Windows with the Puppet Labs Supported modules provides the ability to:
Everything you’ve already learned about Puppet applies to Puppet on Windows. For the remainder of this chapter, we’ll review the differences between Windows and Linux nodes.
If you want to build a Windows virtual machine for testing against the Puppet Server virtual machine used in this book, follow the steps outlined in the following sections.
To create a Windows virtual machine, start the VirtualBox Manager program as follows (see Figure 28-1):