This course will teach you how to use Puppet to manage your Windows servers and Active Directory, not just Linux, and generate reports so you can check Windows servers are compliant with company security policies.
Learn how to automate Windows Server configuration and security using Puppet Enterprise, the most popular open source configuration management solution on the market. In this course, Managing and Securing Windows Server with Puppet, you will see how to automate the configuration and security of Windows Server using Puppet Enterprise. First, you will learn how to connect Windows Server to a Puppet Enterprise master server. Then, you will perform basic configuration tasks, like managing files, registry keys, services, software, and Windows features. Next, you will learn how to set up and configure Active Directory and Certificate Services. Lastly, you will see how to generate reports, so you can check that your Windows servers are compliant with company policies. By the end of the course, you will have a basic understanding of how to configure Windows Server using Puppet, helping you to integrate configuration management tasks with other platforms, like Linux. Software required: Windows Server, Puppet Enterprise, Linux, Azure.
Course Overview (Music playing) Hi everyone, my name is Russell Smith, and welcome to my course, Managing and Securing Windows Server with Puppet. Puppet is the most widely used cross-platform configuration management solution in use today. I'm an independent IT consultant specializing in Windows Server Management and Security. In this course, we are going to learn how to provision Azure virtual machines running Windows Server and the Puppet Agent, how to deploy a Puppet Enterprise master server in the cloud, and then use it to configure Windows Server. Some of the major topics that we will cover include creating Puppet manifests for basic Windows Server administration and configuration tasks, installing and removing software using Chocolatey, using Puppet to manage Windows PowerShell desired state configuration, installing and configuring Active Directory and Certificate Services, and checking Windows Server compliance and viewing reports in the Puppet Enterprise console. By the end of this course, you'll know how to manage and configure Windows Server using Puppets, how to set up and install Active Directory, manage security settings using Microsoft's baseline security templates, determine compliance with your Puppet manifests, and how to manage Windows Server using Puppet in the Azure Cloud. Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with basic Windows Server and Active Directory administration. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn Puppet for Windows with the Managing and Securing Windows Server with Puppet course at Pluralsight.