Single Server Edit

Version v0.0.2
Published on Aug 6, 2023

A simple server/agent architecture with all services running on a single machine.

Intended Audience

This architecture is intended for small to medium static infrastructures and is easier to set up and maintain than a load balanced compiler farm. Generally speaking, redundancy and HA are most useful for dynamic environments. A stopped Puppet server doesn’t prevent the existing configuration from being enforced but it will halt any new deployments or configuration updates. If those constraints fit your needs, then this architecture is suggested.

graph LR; git(Git Repository) subgraph server[Puppet Server node] Foreman(The Foreman) Webhook(Puppet Webhook Server) PuppetDB PuppetServer{Puppet Server} HDM(Hiera Data Manager) end click HDM "" "HDM is a web interface for analyzing and managing hiera data." click Foreman "" "Foreman is a complete lifecycle management tool for physical and virtual servers." click Webhook "" "A webhook service that can trigger code deploys from source code repository updates." git --webhook--> Webhook Webhook --r10k code deploy--> PuppetServer PuppetDB --- PuppetServer Foreman --- PuppetServer HDM --- PuppetServer Agent1(Agent 1) Agent2(Agent 2) Agent_n(Agent n) PuppetServer --- Agent1 PuppetServer --- Agent2 PuppetServer --- 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.

Code Deployment

r10k is considered the default Puppet code deployment tool. Install it on your server 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.

Puppet Stack

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