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 (VMware or VirtualBox) 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
San Diego, CA - Puppet Practitioner Training Apr 28 to Apr 30
Denver, CO - Puppet Practitioner Training Apr 28 to Apr 30
Melbourne, Australia - Puppet Practitioner Training May 5 to May 7
Berlin, Germany Puppet Practitioner Training: Sponsored by Büro 2.0 May 11 to May 13
Warsaw, Poland - Puppet Practitioner Training: Sponsored by Linux Polska May 19 to May 21
Prague, Czech Republic - Puppet Practitioner Training: Sponsored by Knowledge Factory May 25 to May 27
Essen , Germany Puppet Practitioner Training: Sponsored by Büro 2.0 May 26 to May 28
Campinas/SP, Brazil - Puppet Practitioner: Sponsored by Instruct Brazil May 26 to May 28
Sydney, Australia - Puppet Practitioner Training May 26 to May 28
Chicago, IL - Puppet Practitioner Training May 26 to May 28
Stockholm, Sweden - Puppet Practitioner Training: Sponsored by Redpill Linpro May 27 to May 29
Nuremberg, Germany - Puppet Practitioner Training: Sponsored by Netways Jun 9 to Jun 11
Brussels, Belgium - Puppet Practitioner Training: Sponsored by Open-Future Jun 9 to Jun 11
Raleigh, NC - Puppet Practitioner Training Jun 9 to Jun 11
New York City, NY - Puppet Practitioner Training Jun 9 to Jun 11
Washington, DC - Puppet Practitioner Training Jun 9 to Jun 11
San Jose, CA - Puppet Practitioner Training Jun 23 to Jun 25
Canberra, Australia - Puppet Practitioner Training Jun 23 to Jun 25
Amsterdam, Netherlands - Puppet Practitioner Training: Sponsored by Amazic Jun 29 to Jul 1
London - Puppet Practitioner Training - July Jul 7 to Jul 9
Seattle, WA - Puppet Practitioner Training Jul 14 to Jul 16
Manchester - Puppet Practitioner Training - July Jul 14 to Jul 16
Boston, MA - Puppet Practitioner Training Jul 14 to Jul 16
Atlanta, GA - Puppet Practitioner Training Jul 21 to Jul 23
Dublin, Ireland - Puppet Practitioner Training Jul 28 to Jul 30
Denver, CO - Puppet Practitioner Training Jul 28 to Jul 30
San Francisco, CA - Puppet Practitioner Training Jul 28 to Jul 30
Austin, TX - Puppet Practitioner Training Aug 11 to Aug 13
Portland, OR - Puppet Practitioner Training Aug 19 to Aug 21
Paris, France - Puppet Practitioner Training: Sponsored by Amazic/Xebia Sep 2 to Sep 4

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