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Puppet Labs Documentation

Welcome to the Puppet Labs documentation site. The documentation posted here is also available as a set of PDFs, which can be found here. You can also download the current version of this entire website as a zipped archive; unzip it and follow the instructions in the README.txt file to view the site offline.

Puppet

Puppet manages your servers: you describe machine configurations in an easy-to-read declarative language, and Puppet will bring your systems into the desired state and keep them there.

See the index for Puppet’s documentation here, or go directly to one of the most popular pages:

Puppet Enterprise

Puppet Enterprise is a complete configuration management platform, with an optimized set of components proven to work well together. It combines Puppet (including a preconfigured production-grade puppet master stack), a web console for analyzing reports and controlling your infrastructure, powerful orchestration features, cloud provisioning tools, and professional support.

Nearly all of the main Puppet and MCollective documentation also applies to Puppet Enterprise. For details about PE’s configuration:

The current version of PE is 3.3. Documentation for previous versions can be found here.

MCollective

MCollective is a powerful orchestration framework. Run actions on thousands of servers simultaneously, using existing plugins or writing your own.

See the MCollective docs index, or go directly to:

Note: MCollective is included with Puppet Enterprise.

Puppet Dashboard

Puppet Dashboard is an open source web console for Puppet, which can analyze reports, browse inventory data, and assign classes to nodes.

See the Dashboard 1.2 manual, or go directly to:

Note: Puppet Enterprise’s console is based on Puppet Dashboard, and extends it with extra features. PE users should see the PE documentation instead of the Dashboard documentation.

PuppetDB

PuppetDB is the fast, scalable, and reliable data warehouse for Puppet. It caches data generated by Puppet, and gives you advanced features at awesome speed with a powerful API.

See the manual for the latest version of PuppetDB, or go directly to:

Documentation for other versions of PuppetDB can be found here.

Hiera

Hiera is a key/value lookup tool for configuration data, built to make Puppet better and let you set node-specific data without repeating yourself. Hiera support is built into Puppet 3, and is available as an add-on for Puppet 2.7.

See the Hiera 1 manual, or go directly to:

Facter

Facter is Puppet’s cross-platform system profiling library. It discovers and reports per-node facts, which are available in your Puppet manifests as variables.

Geppetto

Geppetto is an integrated development environment (IDE) for Puppet. It provides a toolset for developing puppet modules and manifests that includes syntax highlighting, error tracing/debugging, and code completion features. Geppetto also adds PE integration by parsing PuppetDB error reporting. This allows you to quickly find the problems with your puppet code that are causing configuration failures.

Razor

Razor is an advanced provisioning application that can deploy both bare metal and virtual systems. For information about the Razor integration with PE, see Bare Metal Provisioning with Razor.

Razor is also available as an open source project. See the Razor wiki for further information.

Community

Puppet has a large community and many resources for users.

Background Information

We occasionally publish articles about foundational technologies and practices. These are not tied to any specific Puppet Labs’ product, but we believe many of our users will either need to or want to be familiar with them.

  • SSL and Related Topics — If you’re wondering what a certificate or a CA is, read this. In five short articles, we explain the basics of the security technologies Puppet relies upon.

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Documentation Version

This release of the documentation was generated from revision d615289d11513927c99fea2e75f8816ad3dd908d of the puppet-docs Git repo on July 22, 2014.

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