So far in this book, we've only applied Puppet manifests to one node, using
puppet apply with a local copy of the manifest. To manage several nodes at once, we need to distribute the Puppet manifests to each node so that they can be applied.
There are several ways to do this and, as we saw in Chapter 1, Getting started with Puppet, one approach is to use the agent/master architecture, where a central Puppet master server compiles your manifests and distributes the catalog (the desired node state) to all nodes.
Another way to use Puppet is to do without the master server altogether, and use Git to distribute manifests to client nodes, which then run the
puppet apply command to update their configuration. This stand-alone ...