-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
After talking about it for at least half a year, last night I finally started really reading up on Puppet. After watching a BayLISA talk by Luke Kanies (p1, p2), I installed it one of my Solaris 10 test boxes, installed a couple test zones, and started screwing around with it.
I gotta say, it's super easy to get it up and running. The hardest part, conceptually, is going to be modeling the environment in such a way that won't require repeated major refactoring every other week. Minor tweaking, sure, but ripping walls down would get old quick. Thankfully there are documents like Puppet Best Practices to get you going. There's also a fair amount of code under the hood already, and determining how much of it will be usable to me is going to be fun. The zones management type looks really, really useful considering how heavily we currently use zones, and how that isn't going to do anything but increase.
This week I really hope to have all my system tests (written in Test::More) ported over to Puppet in some relatively sane manner.
Configuration management systems are one of those things that simply make your life less hateful.
The way the last few weeks have gone, I'm going to have to start focusing more heavily on automating everything that can be automated, or spiral further into frustrated insanity.