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Hey, David.

I'm a trainer for Puppet Labs and just finished teaching my bazillionth
Fundamentals class yesterday. ;)

The class is appropriate for those with at least a little bit of Ops or Dev
experience and it helps greatly if you are at least minimally comfortable
with VMWare/Virtualbox and things like SSH and Unix-y text editors (vi or
nano). That said of my my most impressive students was an MBA and had been
out of pure tech for 5 or 6 years. The classes assume no previous Puppet
experience but scripting experience certainly won't hurt you.

The class covers Puppet agent + master workflow, some basic version
control, Puppet modules, Defines, Parameterized Classes, Hiera and a few
other bits specific to Puppet Enterprise. I've had students who have been
doing Puppet for a couple of years come to the Fundamentals class and say
afterwards they were surprised how much they learned. One particular
student who expressed that view was maintaining a Puppet codebase of nearly
10k lines and thought he had seen it all before coming to class.

I will warn you that most people how decide to skip Fundamentals and go
straight to Advanced often regret it. It is quite a step up.

You might want to check the training schedule on our site. I think we list
"Puppet Introduction" classes there. They are a one-day very accelerated
and stripped down version of the Fundamentals class. They are almost always
taught at industry conferences as opposed to a public training center.
Sitting through one of those would give you a very good idea what to expect
in Fundamentals.

Feel free to email my offlist if you have other questions.





On Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 9:35 AM, David Taylor wrote:

Hi all,

I've been playing around with Puppet with a view to implementing it at my
workplace. I've already run through the "Learning Puppet" tutorial on
docs.puppetlabs.com and the quizzes in the Puppet Learn Library, and now
I'm looking into more formal training to try and get everything nailed down
in my head and to get an idea of best practices for module design,
environments etc. I was wondering if anyone could advise on whether the
Puppet Fundamentals course is the right course to go for, or is it aimed at
the complete Puppet novice - i.e. will I find that it just retreads things
I already know?

Thanks,

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