View registry keys and values with puppet resource

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puppetlabs-registry is a custom type and provider, so you can use puppet resource to look at existing registry settings.

It is also somewhat limited, like the acl module in that it is restricted to only what is specified.

  1. In your command prompt, run: puppet resource registry_key 'HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows'

    Screenshot of the command with a result showing that the specified registry key is present.

    Not that interesting, but now take a look at a registry value.

  2. Enter puppet resource registry_value 'HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\BITS\DisplayName'
    registry_value { 'HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\BITS\DisplayName':
      ensure => 'present',
      data   => ['Background Intelligent Transfer Service'],
      type   => 'string',
    }
    That’s a bit more interesting than a registry key.

Keys are like file paths (directories) and values are like files that can have data and be of different types.

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