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Puppet Camp Düsseldorf: Trolls, Clippy, and #monitoringlove

I had a lovely time at Puppet Camp Düsseldorf on October 16th. A big thank you to Netways for organizing it and making sure that everything looked great and ran on time.

We were lucky to have Puppet Labs CEO, Luke Kanies, available to kick off the day with the Puppet Camp keynote. Watch his keynote to learn how being a sysadmin is like being a troll under a bridge and how using Puppet for automation and configuration management can make your life so much better. The talk included an overview of all of the many components that come together to make Puppet and how the pieces fit together.

We get a lot of questions about Puppet and Windows, so it was great to have Bas Grolleman from eMendo IT talk about Using Puppet on Windows: Do's and Don'ts complete with a Clippy cameo.

Another hot topic on the minds of many people as we approach the Puppet 4.x series, is upgrading Puppet. Martin Alfke addressed this topic head-on with his talk about upgrading to Puppet 4.x.

We also had Kris Buytaert, Chief Trolling Officer at Inuits, talking about one of his favorite topics, Monitoring (with) Puppet. I'll leave it to you to debate whether #monitoringsucks or #monitoringlove is the appropriate hashtag for his session.

Next up, we had Anirban Saha from BlackRock tells us all about External Node Classifiers and how to get efficient and do a lot more with them.

Steven Thwaites, Puppet Labs Technical Solutions Engineer, gave a great Puppet demo showing the many different things that you can do with Puppet.

So many sysadmins struggle with managing their Puppet code, so it was really nice to have Toni Schmidbauer, s IT Solutions AT Spardat GmbH, talk about continuously delivering your puppet code with jenkins, r10k and git.

We wrapped up the day with the always entertaining Thomas Gelf from Netways, who managed to make a talk about Puppet Certificates interesting, despite being at the end of the day and right before the reception.

If you missed this Puppet Camp, you can get links to the presentations and view materials from other past Puppet Camps by visiting the Previous Puppet Camps section of the Puppet Camp page. Or you can join us on April 24, 2015 at Puppet Camp Berlin.

If you are interested in attending a future Puppet Camp, there are more upcoming camps in a variety of cities with more being scheduled soon. We’ll look forward to seeing you there!

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