Puppet Server is configured to use 2 GB of RAM by default. If you’d like to just play around with an installation on a Virtual Machine, this much memory is not necessary. To change the memory allocation, see Memory Allocation.
Note: Puppet masters running Puppet Server 2.6 depend on Puppet Agent 1.6.0 or newer, which installs Puppet 4.6 and compatible versions of its related tools and dependencies on the server. Puppet agents running older versions of Puppet Agent can connect to Puppet Server 2.6 — this requirement applies to the Puppet Agent running on the Puppet Server node only.
If you’re also using PuppetDB, check its requirements.
Puppet provides official packages that install Puppet Server 2.4 and all of its prerequisites on the following platforms, as part of Puppet Collections.
Stop the existing Puppet master service. The method for doing this varies depending on how your system is set up.
If you’re running a WEBrick Puppet master, use:
service puppetmaster stop.
If you’re running Puppet under Apache, you’ll instead need to disable the puppetmaster vhost and restart the Apache service. The exact method for this depends on what your Puppet master vhost file is called and how you enabled it. For full documentation, see the Passenger guide.
sudo a2dissite puppetmaster.
sudo mv /etc/httpd/conf.d/puppetmaster.conf ~/. Alternatively, you can delete the file instead of moving it.
After you’ve disabled the vhost, restart Apache, which is a service called either
apache2, depending on your OS.
Alternatively, if you don’t need to keep the Apache service running, you can stop Apache with
service httpd stop or
service apache2 stop.
Install the Puppet Server package by running:
yum install puppetserver
apt-get install puppetserver
Note that there is no
- in the package name.
Start the Puppet Server service:
systemctl start puppetserver
service puppetserver start
For platforms where no official packages are available, you can build Puppet Server from source. Such platforms are not tested, and running Puppet Server from source is not recommended for production use.
For details, see Running from Source.
By default, Puppet Server is configured to use 2GB of RAM. However, if you want to experiment with Puppet Server on a VM, you can safely allocate as little as 512MB of memory. To change the Puppet Server memory allocation, you can edit the init config file.
Open the init config file:
# Modify this if you'd like to change the memory allocation, enable JMX, etc JAVA_ARGS="-Xms2g -Xmx2g"
Replace 2g with the amount of memory you want to allocate to Puppet Server. For example, to allocate 1GB of memory, use
JAVA_ARGS="-Xms1g -Xmx1g"; for 512MB, use
For more information about the recommended settings for the JVM, see Oracle’s docs on JVM tuning.
puppetserver service after making any changes to this file.
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