Win a Free Copy of Instant Puppet 3 Starter (Packt Publishing)

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I have teamed up with Packt Publishing to provide a giveaway of my new book Instant Puppet 3 Starter. Four lucky people will win a copy of the ebook. Keep reading to find out how you can be one of the Lucky Winners.


  • Learn how deterministic results can vastly reduce your workload.
  • Design your own module for localized configurations.
  • Use Hiera to import data from existing systems for use in the puppet policy.
  • Deploy Puppet Server as a Ruby-on-Rails application to handle thousands of clients.

You can read more about this book and download a free sample chapter in the contest signup below.

How to Enter?

All you need to do is head on over to the Instant Puppet 3 Starter book page and look through the product description of the book. Drop a line via the comments below this post to let us know what interests you the most about this book. It’s that simple.

Product Description

Instant Puppet 3 Starter helps to simplify your life for any size computing cluster. It is aimed at DevOps engineers, systems administrators, developers, and anyone who manages more than one computer. This is a practical and intuitive Instant Starter guide, guaranteed to improve your understanding and efficiency.


The contest will close on 04/21/2013. Winners will be contacted by email, so be sure to use your real email address when you comment!

Jo Rhett

Overloaded Geek: writer. devOps engineer. operations architect. motorcycle racer. Jo's latest book is Learning MCollective published by O'Reilly Media. You can track Jo's professional efforts through Jo's business resume

21 Responses to “Win a Free Copy of Instant Puppet 3 Starter (Packt Publishing)”

  1. ignis says:

    I was actually looking for a small / compact / full of straight to the point information. So this might be the book for me.

    And finally some Hiera & Reporting.

    Looking forward to it. Can’t wait to read this an get going.

  2. Eric Larson says:

    Learning something new is always a good thing. Can’t wait to see it.

  3. shep says:

    I’ve used puppet in the 2.x days but it’s been almost a year since I touched it. I’m in a new environment now and ready to get my hands dirty with puppet 3. I’m looking forward to using hiera and importing modules from puppet forge as I haven’t used those features before.

  4. fkj says:

    I am looking forward to building complex applications by writing a customized module. Hopefully your new book will fit nicely with my ambitions.

  5. sys2061 says:

    I’m interested in getting a Puppet setup up and running, so a book focussed on just that sounds great.

  6. stephen says:

    I need to revamp our current puppet setup since it was a set and forget deal and this book sounds perfect for getting back on track

  7. pklump says:

    I’ll be moving a service from Windows-based hosts to Linux-based hosts. Puppet is in use in other areas where I work, so I’d like to use it to help build new hosts, as well as for possible disaster recovery solutions.

  8. Dee says:

    I’m new to Puppet and I’m mostly interested in the expert voice that you’re delivering within the book (which I have on good authority from Tom Limoncelli @ Everything Sysadmin). Leafing through the book description I’m keen on the scalability options you dig into to ensure Puppet can serve large numbers of systems.

    • calebtng says:

      I am a systems admin in a large mixed OS environment. Managing chaos is a challenge. I have great hopes for Puppet. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict, and bring order to the galaxy.

  9. Licaon_Kter says:

    i’m trying to learn to finally stop doing everything by hand holding the systems step by step and your book looks like a good starting point to delve in the ConfigMgmt world. ( and the recommendation from Tom Limoncelli did help a bit πŸ™‚ )

  10. gnustavo says:

    In 1996 I had to figure out a way to manage ~450 Unix workstations without having to use the mantra “for i in `cat hosts.txt`; do rsh $i …; done”. Yes, I was using rsh then. Didn’t know about ssh.

    I stumbled upon cfengine at the time but it seemed a little imature then. Full of hubris, I decided to roll my own solution to the problem, based on a few shell scripts and configuration files. A solution that, I’m sad to say, is still being used today. A solution that is weak, buggy, and unmaintained.

    I regretted for a long time that decision. If only I could foresee how cfengine and its cousins would flourish…

    Anyways, I’m happy to see how much attention these kind of tools are gaining. And Puppet seems to me to be the best of breed. I intend to roll it in the next few months for a specific project.

    Being a Tom Limonceli fan, I want to follow his recomendation. I’m certain that this book is going to help me a lot.

  11. mtds says:

    As a user of Opscode Chef I am recently become interested in the latest version of Puppet, especially of those aspects related to Hiera, which is actually something that is lacking in Chef.

  12. brucetim says:

    Very interested to learn more about Puppet as I administer about 120 servers and need a tool like this! This book sounds perfect for my needs!

  13. jhenry says:

    I’m interested in learning about “environments”! That’s a feature of Puppet I have not really had a chance to explore. We do the typical dev-staging-production model so that sounds very useful.

  14. flmmartins says:

    I interested to learn about puppet using a simple and direct book. This book seems provide this.

  15. lerouxje says:

    I use puppet for 4 years to manage about 15 servers and 250 centos/scientific linux workstations and i’m very interesting using Hiera to simplify and improve all my puppet configuration. This book seems help me.

  16. calebtng says:

    Looks promising. It is difficult to wean one’s self from the old “ssh in a loop from a trusted host”.

  17. vivitc says:

    nowadays, it is crucial to manage properly the configuration to deploy applications and verify their metrics, it will help us a lot, if this book provides the Puppet keys :).

  18. mvillalba says:

    I’m particularly interested in puppet’s modularity and being able to use a single configuration repository to manage and build widely different systems with minimal effort.

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