Facter 1.7 Introduces External Facts

Published on 16 April 2013 by
Puppet Labs released Facter 1.7 this week, introducing a number of under-the-hood enhancements and a new feature called "external facts" that's been waiting in the wings for about a year now. Facter is a cross-platform library for gathering information about nodes managed by Puppet, including domain names, IP addresses, operating systems, Linux distributions, and more. External facts provide a simple way for a puppet agent to provide custom facts without having to write Ruby. Eric Sorenson, Puppet's open source product owner, told me, "they're probably the easiest way for people to get an entry into Puppet for extending Puppet or customizing Puppet for their own site."
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Thank You, O.S.S., for P.E. 2.0

Published on 30 December 2011 by

With the launch of Puppet Enterprise 2.0, it’s easy to get lost in the scale of what we’ve enabled sysadmins to do. Besides shipping a world-class configuration management tool, we now make it easy to create managed servers from thin air. In addition, we’re providing command line tools that take fresh OS installs directly to production-ready application servers with no manual intervention, monitoring and reporting for when your configuration drifts, and a web interface that allows you to inspect the current state of resources across your entire population—fast.

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Guest Post: Puppet + MCollective make for Quick Inventory Queries (Part 1 of 2)

Published on 29 March 2011 by

Mac Inventory/Warranty Lookups with MCollective

Maintaining an accurate inventory of all of your machines is an oft-neglected evil for IT staff. Knowing when a machine was purchased and, more importantly, if it's still under warranty is often overlooked until something malfunctions. Most vendors provide a way to access the machine's serial number programmatically, and many of them provide a web conduit to provide purchase and warranty information. This article will step you through setting this process up on a Mac running OS X.

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