Published on 8 January 2016 by

This week we released a new version of the Puppet Learning VM for Puppet Enterprise 2015.3.1, along with new Quest content to introduce our application orchestration features. In addition to making your PE learning more fun, the new Quest content supports using multiple agent nodes on the Learning VM — a significant improvement in our provision of a full environment for learning Puppet.

I like to imagine keeping up with the IT industry as high-tech mountaineering. As soon as we get the tools and systems we need to secure a foothold on our steep path of abstraction, we must reach for our allegorical ice axe to start cutting the next step.

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The Application Orchestrator is the next stage of this ascent. With reliable tools for configuring single nodes already in place, we’re now stepping up to orchestrating the deployment and maintenance of multi-node applications. We want you to be able to stop thinking so much about web servers, databases, and load balancers, and instead shift your focus to the great applications you can deploy from them. So we're building the learning tools to make that happen.

Just as the Application Orchestrator elevates Puppet’s scope to managing multi-node applications, we’ve adapted the technology of the Learning VM itself to support multiple agent nodes. Maintaining the balance between completeness and simplicity has always been an important goal for the Learning VM. So we’re pleased that we were able to create a richer learning environment without asking you to configure and network multiple VMs. We’re using a phusion base image along with the garethr-docker module to provide multiple containerized Puppet agent nodes, all within the Learning VM and with minimal extra configuration.

The Learning VM’s Quest Guide starts you with the basics of Puppet and provides step-by-step feedback, keeping you secure as you climb to the heights of abstraction. To get started, download your new Learning VM now, and learn more about the Application Orchestrator.

Kevin Henner is a training solutions engineer at Puppet Labs.

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