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puppet master is not supported on windows: why ?

asked 2013-05-30 13:02:01 -0600

dbman gravatar image

I've seen the system requirements stating that windows supports the agent role, but not the master one. But nowhere have I seen the reasons for that. Is it Linux-only packages (storage/db) ? Which ones ? Something else ?

Is it seen as a big undertaking ?

Thanks for any input !

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I believe a puppet developer may have a better answer for this question but since most of the transactions between the puppet master and clients is based on ruby i ...(more)

louis gravatar imagelouis ( 2013-06-02 08:35:46 -0600 )edit

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answered 2013-06-03 12:18:26 -0600

Ancillas gravatar image

I'd guess it's because the puppet master depends on a lot of packages that may not be available in open source flavors on Windows. A puppet master needs the dashboard, the CA, and other functions. The complexity, and my perception of demand for a Windows Puppet Master (low), does not create a compelling reason to take on the work.

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That might answer the question I planned on asking; When run the Puppet Enterprise installer on a Windows Server I see no Puppet Master options, it seems like the only ...(more)

oskaremil gravatar imageoskaremil ( 2013-09-05 01:59:44 -0600 )edit

That's correct.

Ancillas gravatar imageAncillas ( 2013-09-05 17:09:26 -0600 )edit

answered 2013-06-03 17:19:15 -0600

joshc gravatar image

It's mostly an issue of complexity and time, such as handling parts in the code where we switch users from root to puppet, and testing unix and windows against windows masters. Also, it would add another dimension of complexity for manifest authors having to take into account Windows semantics for functions, and other server side activities.

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