Announcing The Marionette Collective 2.0

Published on 9 May 2012 by

I am proud to announce the release of the next major production version of The Marionette Collective (MCollective). This release brings together almost a year's worth of work and introduces great improvements in security, stability, platform support and new features in the core messaging layer.

The major areas of advance are below:

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R.I. Pienaar Joins Puppet Labs

Published on 26 January 2012 by

I am very pleased to announce that R.I. Pienaar, founder and lead developer of the widely used Marionette Collective (MCollective) orchestration tools, has joined Puppet Labs as a Software Architect. R.I.’s message-based orchestration tools have become some of the most widely used tools in systems management, and have literally changed the way that people handle ad-hoc command and control, orchestration, and parallel job management. Having R.I. join the Puppet Labs team is a significant milestone for us, as R.I.

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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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The Marionette Collective Version 1.1.3

Published on 7 March 2011 by

We are pleased to announce the release 1.1.3 of The Marionette Collective.

This release is part of the development series and should be used by early adopters.

MCollective 1.1.3 offers a major new feature and numerous bug fixes:


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The Marionette Collective version 1.0.1 and 1.1.2

Published on 22 February 2011 by

We are pleased to announce two releases of The Marionette Collective.

The first is release 1.0.1 in our production branch. In line with the our community commitment to maintain a production branch this only contains a few bug fixes, the biggest one being that the YAML fact source retained facts that might have been deleted in its cache. Production users should upgrade to this release. On a related note, this release will be included in the next Ubuntu release along with RabbitMQ and he Rabbit STOMP adapter.

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2010: Year in Review

Published on 26 January 2011 by

2010 was a landmark year for Puppet Labs. We were able to grow and offer more than we ever thought possible. As we look ahead to our next release, our growing user group community, and various other projects, we are excited to keep the momentum going. For a quick review of the year, we've compiled a timeline of 2010.

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