Puppet Enterprise 2017.2

If PE’s databases become sluggish or begins taking up too much disk space, there are several maintenance tasks that can improve their performance.

Databases in Puppet Enterprise

PE uses PostgreSQL as the backend for its databases.

We recommend that you use PostgreSQL’s native tools to perform database exports and imports. At a minimum, we recommend nightly back ups to a remote system, or as dictated by your company policy.

The PE PostgreSQL database includes the following databases:

Database Description
pe-activity Activity data from the Classifier, including who, what and when
pe-classifier Classification data, all Node Group information
pe-puppetdb PuppetDB’s data, including exported resources, catalogs, facts, and reports
pe-rbac RBAC data, including users, permissions, and AD/LDAP info
pe-orchestrator orchestrator data, including details about job runs (users, nodes, and run results)

Optimizing your databases

In some cases you may find your databases are slow or need general performance enhancements. Use the PostgreSQL vacuum command to optimize any of the PE databases.

  1. To vacuum a particular database, run the following command:

    su - pe-postgres -s /bin/bash -c "vacuumdb -z --verbose <DATABASE NAME>"

Ways to back up Puppet Enterprise databases

You should regularly back up the individual Puppet Enterprise databases. There are two ways to back up PE databases. We recommend that you back up each database individually for the following reasons:

  1. Individual backups can be saved in a compressed format reducing disk I/O and saving space.
  2. Individual backups can be restored independently from the other databases. (A pg_dumpall backup has to restore all databases at the same time.)
  3. Individual backups can be scheduled independently.

Individual database back up and restore

The pg_dump command dumps an individual databases to a compressed binary file on disk, which you can restore at any time.

NOTE: All back up and restore commands must be run as the pe-postgres user.

  1. To back up each PE PostgreSQL database individually, run the following commands:

    sudo -u pe-postgres /opt/puppetlabs/server/bin/pg_dump -Fc pe-activity -f /tmp/pe-activity_`date +%m_%d_%y_%H_%M`.bin
    sudo -u pe-postgres /opt/puppetlabs/server/bin/pg_dump -Fc pe-rbac -f /tmp/pe-rbac_`date +%m_%d_%y_%H_%M`.bin
    sudo -u pe-postgres /opt/puppetlabs/server/bin/pg_dump -Fc pe-classifier -f /tmp/pe-classifier_`date +%m_%d_%y_%H_%M`.bin
    sudo -u pe-postgres /opt/puppetlabs/server/bin/pg_dump -Fc pe-puppetdb -f /tmp/pe-puppetdb_`date +%m_%d_%y_%H_%M`.bin
    sudo -u pe-postgres /opt/puppetlabs/server/bin/pg_dump -Fc pe-orchestrator -f /tmp/pe-orchestrator_`date +%m_%d_%y_%H_%M`.bin

    This command creates a binary dump of the database. The pe-postgres user needs write access to the output destination.

  2. To restore an individual PE PostgreSQL database backup, run the following command:

    sudo -u pe-postgres /opt/puppetlabs/server/apps/postgresql/bin/pg_restore -Cc -d template1 <BACKUP_FILE>.bin

    This command connects to the template1 database and then drops the database indicated in .bin. The command then re-creates that database and connects to the newly created database to perform the restoration.

    If you omit the -d parameter, pg_restore will output the SQL commands needed to restore a database to the console, but it will not perform the actual restoration.

  3. After restoring the database, fix access privileges for that database with Puppet. Run the following command:

    puppet infrastructure configure

Complete database back up and restore

The pg_dumpall command dumps the complete set of PE databases to a SQL file on disk. After you’ve created a backup of your PE databases, you can restore them at any time.

Before beginning, review the following information:

  • All back up and restore commands must be run as the pe-postgres user.

  • It isn’t necessary to stop any PE services to perform these steps.

  1. To back up the entire PE PostgreSQL database, run the following command:

    sudo -u pe-postgres /opt/puppetlabs/server/apps/postgresql/bin/pg_dumpall -c -f <BACKUP_FILE>.sql

    Note: The name and location of your .sql can be changed as needed.

  2. To begin the restore, stop all PE services except for pe-postgresql. Run the following commands:

    puppet resource service puppet ensure=stopped
    puppet resource service pe-puppetserver ensure=stopped
    puppet resource service pe-puppetdb ensure=stopped
    puppet resource service pe-console-services ensure=stopped
    puppet resource service pe-orchestration-services ensure=stopped
    puppet resource service pe-nginx ensure=stopped
  3. When restoring the ‘pe-postgres’ user needs read access to the SQL file created when the database was backed up. Run the following command to perform the restore:

    sudo -u pe-postgres /opt/puppetlabs/server/apps/postgresql/bin/psql < <BACKUP_FILE>.sql

    This command will import the complete PE PostgreSQL database backup you created in the procedure above.

  4. Start all PE services. Run the following commands:

    puppet resource service puppet ensure=running
    puppet resource service pe-puppetserver ensure=running
    puppet resource service pe-puppetdb ensure=running
    puppet resource service pe-console-services ensure=running
    puppet resource service pe-orchestration-services ensure=running
    puppet resource service pe-nginx ensure=running
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