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Thanks David for the detailed response. This helps a lot. I'll take a
step back to regroup and look at Vagrant and see if I need to put into
better words exactly what it is I'm trying to accomplish.
Best regards - Barry
On Tuesday, May 28, 2013 9:49:54 PM UTC-4, David R. wrote:

Typical puppet use is to write manifests. Manifests can easily install
packages using the package manager of your choice, update configuration
files, start services, run scripts, etc.. so there is probably a way to do
what you want, however, I've never tried to do this using the REST api.

Furthermore, Puppet really isn't a procedural system. When I first set
out on the road of deciding which way to go, I read any number of opinions
about my options, and primarily looked at Chef vs Puppet. I'm quite happy
with what we've been able to achieve with Puppet, but there are
alternatives that are purported to be far more procedural in nature, like
Chef or perhaps salt stack.

In a way, we are utilizing vm's in that our cluster is deployed through
aws. Our strategy is to create AMI's for each machine type we need, that
has the majority of the configuration taken care of. We use some scripts
that utilize the AWS rest api to start up the servers, setup dns, and
position the machine where it is needed, and we use puppet to do the rest
of the setup.

It seems to me that you are looking for something similar, and this is
where in my opinion, you are expecting puppet to do something it's not
designed for... which is getting a machine started with enough
type/identity for it to run. If these are vm's running on a server, then
between xen/vmware/virtualbox/whatever your host os is, there are ways to
start vm's up with enough identity, that a tool like puppet could get you
the rest of the way. Vagrant is a tool that could be used as that glue
that handles what the aws instance API + AMI's provides.


On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 6:22 PM, Barry D <bdre...@globalinfotek.com<javascript:>
wrote:
This looks promising. Is this the only way to install VMs using Puppet?
Thanks

On Tuesday, May 28, 2013 8:34:35 PM UTC-4, David R. wrote:

Have you taken a look at http://www.vagrantup.com/

On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 5:01 PM, Barry D wrote:

Mainly Linux, but other OSs are fine.
I will need to install VMs. Then uninstall them later.

On Tuesday, May 28, 2013 7:35:12 PM UTC-4, Ygor wrote:
On May 28, 2013, at 4:35 PM, Barry D wrote:

Hi,

I am currently evaluating Puppet and have some questions:
• How do we (or can we) trigger software installs using the REST API?
• How can we (can we at all) use the REST API to list what
software is available to install?
• Can a client browse the Puppet repository using a REST
API, and trigger an install using the APIs?
• As the SysAdmin, can I use those REST APIs to
install/maintain new software on the Puppet Server?
• Can you direct me to clean documentation and directions
needed for this application?
• Direct me to some Java samples using the REST API to
accomplish the functionality requested above.
Thanks very much for any assistance you can provide.
I think you have unrealistic expectations of what Puppet and/or the
Puppet REST API is capable of.

What operating system are you using ?

What sort of software packages are you looking to install/maintain ?
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