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Puppet Enterprise Primary Use Case

BurhanShakil - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems Engineer at Harvard University

Until last year, we were using the enterprise version — Puppet 4 —; however, we recently switched to the open-source version — the community edition. We are using a product called Foreman as a front end for Puppet open source.

We used Puppet solely for Linux. At first, we had around 200 plus Linux servers that were managed by Puppet. It was like infrastructure as a code. If we had to build a new server or update a server, then we just had to commission a new server, apply Puppet control, and it would configure everything for us. That was one of our main use cases.

We also used it for compliance. We had some security products and policies that we needed to implement. This solution made sure that they're always there, that nobody was messing with them. Regarding security compliance, take CrowdStrike for example, it's supposed to be installed on every server — running and reporting properly. Puppet checks that a service is running every 15 minutes. If it's not, it starts it and if it's missing, it installs it. 

Although we started with Linux, we are moving towards adding Windows servers as well. 

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DM
Senior Unix Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

Our use case is provisioning and then configuration management for on-prem servers primarily. We use it for applications as well. We were using Puppet for database configuration management. Basically,  we mainly use it for configuration management for on-prem servers of infrastructure and then use it a bit on the application side as well.

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FH
IT Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

I use Puppet Enterprise in many projects that require a full control on the Device and make it compliant with the Security regulations of the Company. Puppet Enterprise provides an  autonomous Delivery solution and  agent-server Architecture that was really helpful on our case for Internet base Device Management.

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