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Wednesday, October 11 • 10:45am - 11:30am
Complexity requires simplicity – Martin Alfke, example42 GmbH

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Back in the old days most system administrator's work was done manually: update packages, change a config, restart a service. With Puppet this has changed to be done in an automatic pattern where one has to code the required steps. This brings new ideas to sysops people, as we now have to follow development principles. But how do you develop Puppet code? How to deploy? Why is everything changing so fast? Should you really jump on every freshly released beta of another add-on or procedure? This talk will give an overview on why to follow the KISS principle when doing Puppet. We will dig into modern best practices and why you should simplify everything you are doing. Starting with coding principles, going to control-repo structures and content and needed branches. Continuing with resource references, hiera and inheritance, moving to roles and profiles and showing why testing is important.

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Martin Alfke

Co-Founder and CEO, example42 GmbH
Martin is a long term Puppet user and trainer and supports companies in building successful IT automation build on Puppet. In the past he would have said that he is a System Engineer; nowadays he prefers the term Infrastructure Engineer. Martin is not a developer, or as he would have... Read More →

Wednesday October 11, 2017 10:45am - 11:30am PDT
Track 3: Franciscan Ballroom