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Puppet

Puppet

Puppet, an automated administrative engine, performs administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) based on a centralized specification.

The software allows system administrators to centrally manage every important aspect of a system using a cross-platform specification language that manages all the separate elements normally aggregated in different files, like users, cron jobs, and hosts, along with obviously discrete elements like packages, services, and files.

Puppet's simple declarative specification language provides powerful classing abilities for drawing out the similarities between hosts while allowing them to be as specific as necessary, and it handles dependency and prerequisite relationships between objects clearly and explicitly.

The primary design goal of Puppet is that it has an expressive enough language backed by a powerful enough library that you can write your own server automation applications in just a few lines of code.

Puppet could be said to be the next-generation cfengine. The overall design is heavily influenced by Cfengine, but the language is more powerful than Cfengine's and the library is more flexible.

 Puppet 3.5.1

Price
Free to download

Size
1.7MB
License

Apache License v2.0

Developer
Puppet Labs

Website
puppetlabs.com

System Requirements
Ruby 1.8.7 or higher
Ruby OpenSSL
Ruby XMLRPC client and server
Facter 1.6.11

Support:
Documentation, FAQ, Introduction, Puppet Tutorial, Interview, Introduction to Puppet

Selected Reviews:
Redmonk, Linux.com

Features include:

  • Custom declarative language to describe system configuration
  • Manages any type of machine including workstations
  • Helps reduce your overheads
  • Powerful, flexible and extensible
  • Puppet uses Facter, a system assay tool
  • Reproduce any configuration on any number of additional systems
  • Built-in facilities known as classes
  • Uses a client / server model
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