Pulling the Strings

Pulling the Strings

The Puppet Podcast features Puppet community members talking about the latest trends in configuration management & cloud automation as well as DevOps culture.

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July 14, 2021 25 min

Learning new tools is hard enough on its own. But then you often have to install software, set up a working environment, download a dev kit, or more. Our Education team recently released the new Puppet Practice Labs, which let you learn the Puppet ecosystem at your own pace and remove all these impediments from your progress.

The labs run right in your browser and require no extra downloads. And best of all, they're free and you...

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Pride is a celebration of our true selves -- of loving yourself for who you are, and of accepting and loving others for who they are.

It can be a challenge to feel safe being out and proud without role models providing guidance and showing the way. Listen to Melissa Casburn share her personal and professional journey.

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  • To go more in depth, read Melissa’s post on Medium
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    June 9, 2021 36 min

    Abby Kearns and Deepak Giridharagopal share their unique experience of being co-CTOs and where Puppet is headed in the near future on this episode of Pulling the Strings.

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  • Stay up to date with Abby’s Medium or follow her on Twitter.
  • Follow Deepak on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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    Ben Ford explains the importance of content and why developer insights help to build stronger communities on this episode of Pulling the Strings podcast. He also provides details on a better Puppet Developer Kit (PDK) and improvements to the Puppet Forge.

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  • Learn more about the Puppet Developer Experience
  • Make your voice heard
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    May 5, 2021 24 min

    Acceptance testing is fun, I know! In this episode of Pulling the Strings, Lucy Wyman, Gene Liverman, and Trevor Vaughan explain multi-node testing with Beaker, how Beaker is different from Litmus, and future plans for Beaker.

    Learn More: 

  • Install Beaker here.
  • Watch the presentation of Beaker with PDK.  
  • Join the Puppet Community on Slack. 
  • Learn more about Vox Pupuli.
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    I had virtualization… Then you gave me Kubernetes on top of virtualization. I thought Kubernetes was supposed to be the answer, and now you’re telling me it’s not the answer and I need something else on top of Kubernetes?! The conundrum is solved on this episode of Pulling the Strings with Martez Reed and Bruno Andrade.

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  • The Puppet Kubernetes module
  • Watch how you can install and bootstrap a Kubernetes cluster with the Puppet...
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    Hear about the behind-the-scenes process of creating the 2020 State of DevOps Report. Nigel Kersten and Michael Stahnke dive deep into the data that drives the narrative of the report and take us on a journey dissecting numerous conversations with IT DevOps practitioners and decision makers alike in this episode. 

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  • Download the 2020 State of DevOps Report.
  • Read the 2020 DevOps Salary Report to discover how salaries changed d...
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    What is Onceover testing you may ask? A tool to automatically run basic tests on an entire Puppet controlrepo, it was written mostly while sipping inflight cocktails on airplanes. Dylan Ratcliffe explains Onceover testing and addresses some of the reasons it exists in the first place. Tune in to gain the clarity you need for your automation woes.

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  • Get started with Onceover.
  • Learn how to use Onceover to start testing your Pup...
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    January 13, 2021 25 min

    Alex Hin shares his expertise from years in the cybersecurity industry on compliance and the importance behind adhering to CIS benchmarks.

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  • Learn more about Puppet Comply.
  • See a demo of Puppet Comply in this session from Puppetize Digital.
  • Learn more about Puppet’s journey into Continuous Compliance.
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    December 23, 2020 26 min

    Martin Alfke from example42 drills down into the unique value of Hiera Data Manager and how it heavily reduces time needed for data analysis and setting.

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  • Hiera Data Manager 
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    We know Halloween is over; however, these #DevOps stories are still mentally wreaking havoc on all that was involved. Ben Ford, Rob Nelson, and Mike Smith bravely share their experiences that were close to creating resume generating events in this episode. Tune in for how they recovered and the timeless lessons learned.

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    October 28, 2020 22 min

    What has 2020 brought us besides cultural and operational change? Hopefully, it has pushed you to appreciate the aesthetically pleasing design of Puppet’s User Interface. Rick Monro is one of the wizards behind the architecture curtain of the Puppet UX. Rick explains why IT Directors should care about UX Design, some of the ethics around the new Puppet code terminology, and how he designs the Puppet Way in this episode. 

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    Have you hit a wall with your Open Source automation platform? Are you frustrated that your support has been limited? Well, Jesse Brennan and Claire Hernandez will calm your nerves with four words: Open Source Puppet Assist. They share how you can gain access to exclusive tools and content on Puppet, and help you make sure that you don’t take your Open Source journey alone.

    Visit the OSP Assist Portal: https://ospassist.puppet.com/h...

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    September 23, 2020 20 min

    As the new normal continues, the evolution of open-source software thrives. Lucy Wyman runs down the evolution and importance of Puppet’s Open Source Stewards on this episode. 

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  • Find out why Puppet is moving toward a more diverse culture and also removing harmful language from its code and the correlation to #blacklivesmatter movement
  • SeaGL: https://seagl.org/
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    Are you using Slack to do cool things (other than chatting about Netflix episodes at the virtual water cooler)? In today’s episode, Martez Reed and Demetrius Malbrough discuss how Hydra integrates with Slack to create and scale virtual environments. If you are interested in how your environment can be automatically created and spun up behind the scenes, this episode is for you!

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    What do you get when you mix DevOps Engineers, BBQ, and uncontrollable fits of throwing yourself off of mountains? You get Tim Meusel and Robert Müller dropping science around Vox Pupuli and how to build an awesome open source community. They also share some valuable insights around how they got started with Ruby, some lessons learned from a few mistakes they’ve made, and most importantly how to get involved with Vox Pupuli in this...

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    Have you considered putting your backups on auto-pilot? Rebecca Fitzhugh, Director of Developer Relations at Rubrik, discusses the modules that leverage Puppet on Pulling the Strings. Learn how to automate your Service Level Agreements and a simple way to install Backup Connectors across a fleet of servers simultaneously. After listening to this episode and grabbing the module off of GitHub, your boss might consider giving you an e...

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    What does cross-team collaboration, git murder mysteries, and role-playing games have in common? The incredible DevOps superpowers of Ben Ford and Garrett Rowell answer those questions for you in this Pulling the Strings episode. Their collaboration resulted in an engaging game that debuted during Puppet Camp for attendees to play. The rocking, virtual scavenger hunt allows you to use your technical skills to solve problems while a...

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    Cloud teams are drowning in an increasing, unsustainable volume of external events: cloud events, git events, monitoring alerts, tickets, incidents, and others. In response, engineers manually perform a disparate set of actions across various cloud providers, container platforms, CI/CD tools, config mgmt tools, and hundreds of other APIs. To make this better, some developers try to create their one-off automation tools or integrati...

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    Puppet's developer experience has been through a lot of growing pains. Many of us learned Puppet before the PDK existed, when the state of the art was SSHing into a Puppet master, manually making a module's directory structure, and cracking open Vim to edit our manifests. Some of us still do that; old habits die hard. But the point is that the barrier to entry used to be really high, and it didn't have to be. James Pogr...

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