Lately I have mostly been playing with Puppet, a piece of software for centrally managing host configuration. (I have various roll-your-own solutions for aspects of this, as ever, but this looks like a better way of doing it.)
One very nice thing about Puppet from my point of view is that it will take its node definitions from LDAP. (In Puppet, a node is any individual machine.)
How this works is that instead of having your node definitions in
site.pp, you keep them in LDAP as the
puppetclass attribute. You can have as many of these attributes per host as you like - for example, my web server has
site.pp therefore has only import statements, not node definitions, and you put your class definitions in
/etc/puppet/manifests/classes (or wherever suits you), and import them in
You probably want to start with something along the lines of the setup I have, as described below, with
server.pp classes (the latter two inherit from the first). These correspond to
puppetclass attributes (the inheritance structure means there is no need to specify
base). Then add further
puppetclasses as required for your site.
The wiki has some information on how to do the LDAP integration; this is how I did it:
libldap-ruby1.8on the Puppet server (Debian package).
- Add the Puppet schema to your LDAP schema directory (
/etc/ldap/schema/for me), add it to your
slapd.conf, and restart
slapd. The schema seems to be a little hard to get hold of through official channels at present, so I reproduce it here:
# These OIDs are all fake. No guarantees there won't be conflicts. # # $Id$ attributetype ( 184.108.40.206 NAME 'puppetclass' DESC 'Puppet Node Class' EQUALITY caseIgnoreIA5Match SYNTAX 220.127.116.11.4.1.1418.104.22.168.26 ) attributetype ( 22.214.171.124 NAME 'parentnode' DESC 'Puppet Parent Node' EQUALITY caseIgnoreIA5Match SYNTAX 126.96.36.199.4.1.14188.8.131.52.26 ) objectclass ( 184.108.40.206 NAME 'puppetClient' SUP top AUXILIARY DESC 'Puppet Client objectclass' MAY ( puppetclass $ parentnode ))
- Modify all existing host LDAP entries so they have
objectClass: puppetClient, a
puppetclassattribute (my initial ones were
desktop, and a
parentnodeattribute (I have
basedesktopLDAP entries. It is not entirely clear to me if these really have a purpose; but I gave them the appropriate
puppetclassand will investigate further in due course.
[ldap] ldapnodes = true ldapserver = ldapserver.example.com ldapbase = dc=example,dc=com
- That’s it!
A note: if you’re changing the puppetmaster config, or any other puppet setup stuff, it can be useful to stop the running puppetmaster process, and restart it interactively with the verbose option:
puppetmasterd --verbose. This helps a lot with debugging.