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Short answer: puppet by itself can not.

Longer answer: puppet combined with other projects can take a blank, powered off server, all the way to running & fully configured.

There are several bare metal provisioners. Two popular ones:

The first is targeted towards virtual box, vmware, openstack vm's, where as the latter can do both bare metal and virtual servers

Short answer: puppet by itself can not.

Longer answer: puppet combined with other projects can take a blank, powered off server, all the way to running & fully configured.

There are several bare metal provisioners. Two popular ones:

Vagrant is a tool that starts a VM in virtual box. (it can be configured to spin up vmware and openstack instances too). Vagrant VM's are only intended to be temporary, testing VM's and should not be used long term.

The first is targeted towards virtual box, vmware, openstack vm's, where as the latter Foreman can do both bare metal and virtual serversprovisioning by leveraging pxe. It is typically used in production environments.

Both of these tools have different use cases, and are not mutually exclusive.