Load Balanced Edit

Version v0.0.1
Published on Jul 9, 2019

A complete server/agent architecture with multiple compilers and load balancing for redundancy.

Intended Audience

This architecture is intended for large infrastructures or dynamic infrastructures that require the redundancy of multiple compilers.

graph LR; git(Git Repository) Foreman(The Foreman) Webhook(Puppet Webhook Server) AllCompilers((All Compilers)) PuppetDB MainPuppetServer{Main Puppet Server} subgraph Compilers[Compilers] Compile1[/Compilers\] Compile2[/Compilers\] Compile3[/Compilers\] end LoadBalancer[Load Balancer] Agent1(Agent 1) Agent2(Agent 2) Agents(Agents ...) Agent_n(Agent n) click Foreman "https://www.theforeman.org" "Foreman is a complete lifecycle management tool for physical and virtual servers." click Webhook "https://github.com/voxpupuli/puppet_webhook" "A webhook service that can trigger code deploys from source code repository updates." git --webhook--> Webhook Webhook --r10k code deploy--> MainPuppetServer Webhook -.r10k code deploy.-> AllCompilers PuppetDB --- MainPuppetServer Foreman --- MainPuppetServer MainPuppetServer --> Compile1 MainPuppetServer --> Compile2 MainPuppetServer --> Compile3 Compile1 --> LoadBalancer Compile2 --> LoadBalancer Compile3 --> LoadBalancer LoadBalancer --> Agent1 LoadBalancer --> Agent2 LoadBalancer --> Agents LoadBalancer --> Agent_n

Setup and Usage

{write a guide on how to deploy, configure, and use this architecture}

Git Repository

We recommend organizing your code as a Control Repository with branches for environments. See the reference repository for an example.


Foreman is a complete lifecycle management tool for physical and virtual servers. It will provide you with a graphical classifier, a Hiera data source, and report monitoring. It also includes the power to easily automate repetitive tasks, quickly deploy applications, and proactively manage servers, on-premise or in the cloud.

Puppet Webhook

Configure Puppet Webhook to receive webhook events from your code repository and automate your code deploys. This service should be installed on the main Puppet Server. You might consider using the Bolt task from the puppet-r10k module to trigger code deployments on each compiler, or you can also install Puppet Webhook on each.

Code Deployment

r10k is considered the default Puppet code deployment tool. Install it on the main Puppet Server and each compiler in your infrastructure and use it to deploy your control repository as needed.

If you’re a Golang shop, you might consider g10k as well.

Load Balancer

Is current state-of-the-art still Nginx?

Puppet Stack

We recommend managing each of these components with the supported module.