Chapter 7. Using Salt Cloud to Manage Virtual Minions

In the previous chapter, we finished up our exploration of the state system in Salt by learning about environments and the highstate.

In this chapter, we're going to explore another topic included in Salt, named Salt Cloud. You will learn about the following topics:

  • How to configure Salt Cloud to talk to one or more cloud providers
  • How to use Salt Cloud to create and bootstrap new virtual machines
  • How to manage fleets of virtual machines using map files

Let's get started!

Setting up Salt Cloud

Salt Cloud is a project that was started to work closely with Salt to manage cloud virtual machines. As infrastructures move more and more to the cloud, it's useful to have an easy-to-use, powerful abstraction ...

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