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Provisioning a Packer Image with Puppet Server

Packer lets us create machine images for a variety of platforms through code. Part of the image creation process involves provisioning the machine, which can be done with a variety of provisioners, including Puppet. Packer is even able to connect to an existing Puppet Server and use the modules there to provision the resulting image. In this lab, we'll do just that to set up a web server image that hosts our company's website.

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 30m
Clock icon Oct 02, 2020

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  1. Challenge

    Add the Provisioner

    1. Move to packer/bookapp.
    2. Open the provided packer.json file.
    3. To begin, we want to update the existing shell provisioner — the puppet-server provisioner does not install the Puppet agent, so we'll need to do this here. We'll also want to ensure our remote can talk to the Puppet Server by updating /etc/hosts.
    4. Next, add the needed file provisioner block.
    5. Finally, add the puppet-server provisioner itself.
  2. Challenge

    Test the Build

    1. Update the file with the provided access key, secret key, and subnet ID.
    2. Save and exit the file.
    3. Test the build.

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