Troubleshooting Puppet / Puppet Troubleshooting

Talk I gave at puppetcamp seattle 2014

In the first part, Troubleshooting Puppet talks about problems with communication, how to make sure puppet is running and connecting to a master. In the second part, the talk moves on to compilation and catalog application issues. Real world solutions are presented throughout.

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mcollective and activemq the 800 node limit

I've been running into the 800 node limit on mcollective and splitting up my nodes into subcollectives. I had a spot where I couldn't split up the nodes, so I started looking at why we were hitting this 800 node wall.

I'm using activemq with the ssl plugin, after turning on all the debugging I could find in activemq, it turns out it's just a simple resource limit problem.

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making an xml of facts on the system

I'm not sure of the utility of this, but maybe it'll be useful to someone else. I was requested to output all the facts from a system in xml, not wanting to type much I made the following script...

#!/usr/bin/env ruby

require 'facter'
require 'rubygems'
require 'activesupport'

facts = {}

for fact in Facter.list.sort

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Using iptables to proxy a port on a remote machine on a different network


machine A ( provides resource A on port 8888
machine B ( needs to access resource A

without modifying machine B (not allowed), create machine C and have any traffic to machine C on port 8888 forwarded to machine A. Then tell machine B that machine C is machine A and nobody is the wiser. None of the examples I found online had this working properly.

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