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Puppet Essentials by Felix Frank

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Chapter 1. Writing Your First Manifests

Over the last few years, configuration management has become increasingly significant to the IT world. Server operations in particular are hardly even feasible without a robust management infrastructure. Among the available tools, Puppet has established itself as one of the most popular and widespread solutions. Originally written by Luke Kanies, the tool is now distributed under the terms of Apache License 2.0 and maintained by Luke's company, Puppet Labs. It boasts a large and bustling community, rich APIs for plugins and supporting tools, outstanding online documentation, and a great security model based on SSL authentication.

Like all configuration management systems, Puppet allows you to maintain a central ...

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