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What VMWare tools/features are needed to work with Puppet Enterprise and Cloud Provisioning ?

asked 2013-12-09 11:35:45 -0500

updated 2013-12-23 09:30:55 -0500

I am working toward pitching a move from Open Source Puppet to Puppet Enterprise.

One of the driving points is that Where-I-Work has just made a huge investment in hardware/software in the form of a VMWare "local cloud".

In trying to figure out how to plug my current Puppet setup into it, I keep hitting references to middleware tools like "vSphere CLI for Linux" and "vFabric Application Director".

I plan to spin up a less-than-10-node PE Puppet Master for proof of concept purposes.

My question is: What sort of "glue" is necessary between PE and VMWare that has to ... (more)

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answered 2013-12-23 11:15:33 -0500

bmurts gravatar image

Have you read http://docs.puppetlabs.com/pe/latest/cloudprovisioner_vmware.html ?

To be clear, I have only done one initial test to me, it seemed like having VM Templates was the best starting point. Where I felt things lacked and there was a disconnect was that even though the template deployed, all networking information needed to be configured afterwards. This was the biggest hiccup that stood out to me.

It wasn't a "here is the IP/network config entries and the template now go build". It was build from this template then I had to come back to configure ... (more)

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Yes, I did read that page and was disappointed at the end of the page:
You can get help on individual actions by running:
$ puppet help node_vmware <action>
For example ...(more)

LinuxDan gravatar imageLinuxDan ( 2013-12-23 14:57:22 -0500 )edit

Try downloading the Learning Puppet virtual machine image. That will give you access to the help commands without having to do a whole install on your own. http://info.puppetlabs.com/download-learning-puppet-VM.html

fnaard gravatar imagefnaard ( 2014-01-02 13:14:15 -0500 )edit

Great suggestion. That got me some additional information: To use this subcommand, you must include four configuration options in your ~/.fog file: A vCenter user account, a password, a server ...(more)

LinuxDan gravatar imageLinuxDan ( 2014-01-02 19:52:58 -0500 )edit

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