Puppet Practitioner

NOTE: THIS IS AN ADVANCED LEVEL COURSE.

In Puppet Practitioner students will learn why they should manage their Puppet infrastructure the right way. Students will learn multiple ways to accomplish tasks in Puppet and how to choose which is most appropriate for a given situation. Students will design and build modules, and extend modules from the Forge. Students will also learn best practices for implementing Roles & Profiles in their infrastructure.

What You Will Learn to Help You Solve Problems

  • More advanced Puppet DSL constructs that can be used to write more elegant code.
  • Using data structures to create resources programmatically.
  • Using custom facts to expose information about nodes.
  • The concepts of modularity and composability and how they refer to module design.
  • Methods for testing your Puppet code and infrastructure.
  • Using MCollective from the command line to automate infrastructure orchestration.
  • Troubleshooting techniques and standard log files.
  • The Roles & Profiles design pattern and the benefits it offers.
  • Several different methods for managing portions of files.
  • Why the Anchor Pattern exists and when one should use it or the `contain()` function.
  • Creating generalizable modules and contributing them back to the community via the Puppet Forge.
  • Sharing functionality between classes using inheritance.

Course Length // Type

Three (3) Days // Instructor-Led in a classroom

Who Should Attend

In this course, we expect students to have a reasonable level of Puppet experience and are looking to expand their knowledge. Students should have completed Puppet Fundamentals or have the equivalent hands-on experience with Puppet--at least six months to a year.

The course is designed for senior system administrators and DevOps professionals with a solid understanding of configuration management strategies.

Before Class

  • Know the command line. If you aren’t using it at present, refresh yourself with an online course like The Command Line Crash Course (Note: We use bash in class.).
  • Familiarity with Linux-y concepts such as services, packages and configuration files. If you work primarily in Windows, you can try out this Unix tutorial, and we also recommend this shell script tutorial.
  • Be familiar with a text editor such as vi, Vim, Emacs or nano. Puppet Labs trainers typically use Vim. We recommend printing yourself a Vim cheat sheet, and you could even study up on Vim in advance.
  • You definitely need sysadmin skills. You should know:
    • how to restart a service
    • what an entry in /etc/hosts means
    • what a hostname is
    • how to troubleshoot basic networking problems such as name lookups, DNS lookups, and basic connectivity
  • Be able to configure a virtual machine (your choice of VMware or VirtualBox) to use bridged or NAT networking
  • Know how to navigate the file system.
  • Have the Training VM downloaded to your computer before you show up. We will run through the configuration and installation process for this VM, so you don’t even need to boot it up yet. Just make sure that it’s on your computer and you know how to start it.
  • Be ready to completely shift configuration management paradigms! Writing Puppet code is not like writing your average shell script, so prepare to learn a new way of thinking.
Training Date
Portland, OR - Puppet Practitoner Training Jul 30 to Aug 1
Boston, MA - Puppet Practitoner Training Aug 5 to Aug 7
Washington, DC - Puppet Practitoner Training Aug 12 to Aug 14
Singapore - Puppet Practitioner Training: Sponsored by OlinData Aug 13 to Aug 15
Denver, CO - Puppet Practitoner Training Aug 19 to Aug 21
Oslo, Norway - Puppet Practitioner Training: Sponsored by Redpill Linpro Aug 25 to Aug 27
Sydney, Australia - Puppet Practitioner Training Aug 26 to Aug 28
Chicago, IL - Puppet Practitoner Training Aug 26 to Aug 28
Stockholm, Sweden - Puppet Practitioner Training: Sponsored by Redpill Linpro Sep 2 to Sep 4
London - Puppet Practitoner Training - 4 Seats Remaining! Sep 9 to Sep 11
Dallas, TX - Puppet Practitoner Training Sep 9 to Sep 11
New York City, NY - Puppet Practitoner Training Sep 16 to Sep 18
San Francisco, CA - Puppet Practitioner Training + PuppetConf Ticket Sep 20 to Sep 22
Amsterdam - Puppet Practitioner Training: Sponsored by Puppet Labs Benelux Sep 29 to Oct 1
Copenhagen, Denmark - Puppet Practitioner Training: Sponsored by Redpill Linpro Sep 30 to Oct 2
Paris, France - Puppet Practitioner Training: Sponsored by Objectif Libre Sep 30 to Oct 2
Minneapolis, MN - Puppet Practitoner Training Sep 30 to Oct 2
Vienna, Austria - Puppet Practitioner Training: Sponsored by OlinData Oct 6 to Oct 8
Austin, TX - Puppet Practitioner Training Oct 7 to Oct 9
Nuremberg - Puppet Practitioner Training: Sponsored by Netways Oct 7 to Oct 9
San Francisco, CA - Puppet Practitoner Training Oct 13 to Oct 15
Toronto - Puppet Practitioner Training Oct 14 to Oct 16
Vancouver, BC - Puppet Practitoner Training Oct 14 to Oct 16
Phoenix, AZ - Puppet Practitoner Training Oct 21 to Oct 23
San Diego, CA - Puppet Practitoner Training Oct 21 to Oct 23
Dublin, Ireland - Puppet Practitoner Training Oct 21 to Oct 23
Denver, CO - Puppet Practitoner Training Oct 28 to Oct 30
Raleigh, NC - Puppet Practitioner Training Oct 28 to Oct 30
Paris - Puppet Practitioner Training: Sponsored by Amazicsoft France Nov 3 to Nov 5
Philadelphia, PA - Puppet Practitioner Training Nov 4 to Nov 6

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