Published on 11 May 2012 by

Boundary is a network analysis tool that allows fast analysis and an ultra-fine resolution of data. To achieve this speed and resolution of data, Boundary employs software meters, installed on your application servers, that examine the header information of every packet and securely stream it to the Boundary service once a second. We're excited to announce our Boundary module to install and manage Boundary network meters, developed in conjunction with the Boundary team and the Puppet community, has reached v1 and is released onto the Puppet Forge! The module also contains support for sending reports from Puppet to Boundary.

To use the module you need to download it from the Puppet Forge onto your Puppet master using the module tools:

# puppet module install puppetlabs-boundary

You can then use the module to install and manage the Boundary meters that monitor your network traffic and send the results to Boundary.  To create a new meter you will need your Boundary ID and API key and create a `boundary_meter` resource like so:

boundary_meter { "":
  ensure => present,
  id => "abcde12345",
  apikey => "abcde12345",
  tags => [ "production", "newyork", "mysql", "appcluster1" ],

This resource will create a meter called "" and add the tags production, newyork, mysql and appcluster1 (or the tags of your choice).  After you run Puppet you will be able to see your meter in the Boundary console.  We can also easily delete the meter by ensuring it is `absent`.

You can find the source code on GitHub and we welcome bug reports, ideas and features from the Puppet community. Thanks to Joe Williams, Jeff Hulten, W. Andrew Loe III, Alessandro Franceschi and Scott Smith for their contributions to the current module.

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