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Friday, October 21 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
How to Succeed in Relearning Puppet Without Really Trying – Joshua Zimmerman, University of Wisconsin

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The UW - Madison Libraries recently began the process of rearchitecting its Linux infrastructure. This has included updating Puppet from an early version of Puppet 3 to Puppet 4 and taking a look at the entire toolchain that we use to support our configuration management and the general administration of our hosts. We've learned a few things and want to share out our experience. This talk will take a look at: * How we went about identifying anti-patterns in our Puppet code and infrastructure. * How and why we went about relearning Puppet instead of learning what had changed since we had last had time to seriously work on it. * What processes and tools we started looking at, such as testing, secret management and code deployment.

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Joshua Zimmerman

System Administrator, University of Wisconsin
Joshua has worked for the University of Wisconsin - Madison Libraries for the past decade, playing a variety of roles ranging from helpdesk support, web developer, and Windows systems administration. For the past four years, Joshua has been part of a team of administrators architecting... Read More →

Friday October 21, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm PDT
Golden West