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Puppet – How to install and configure Puppet Enterprise (Master) ?

This article is going to brief about the Puppet Server – Enterprise installation and configuration. We are going to install the puppet server  in monolithic mode. In monolithic installation, Puppet Master , Puppet console , Puppet DB will be installing on one node. This is the simple method to evaluate puppet enterprise and you can manage up to 500 puppet agent nodes. To know more about Monolithic installation vs Split installation , please refer this article.



  • Working DNS  Set-up or /etc/hosts
  • Puppet Enterprise Package
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux  7


Install and Configure Puppet Enterprise: (Puppet Master)

1.Login to RHEL 7 system.

[root@UA-HA ~]# cat /etc/redhat-release
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 7.2 (Maipo)
[root@UA-HA ~]# uname -a
Linux UA-HA 3.10.0-327.el7.x86_64 #1 SMP Thu Oct 29 17:29:29 EDT 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
[root@UA-HA ~]#


2.Copy the Puppet Enterprise package to /var/tmp .

[root@UA-HA ~]# cd /var/tmp
[root@UA-HA tmp]# ls -lrt puppet-enterprise-2015.3.1-el-7-x86_64.tar.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 336274958 Jan 22 14:33 puppet-enterprise-2015.3.1-el-7-x86_64.tar.gz
[root@UA-HA tmp]#


3.Un-compress the package.

[root@UA-HA tmp]# gunzip puppet-enterprise-2015.3.1-el-7-x86_64.tar.gz
[root@UA-HA tmp]# tar -xf puppet-enterprise-2015.3.1-el-7-x86_64.tar
[root@UA-HA tmp]# ls -lrt
-rw-r--r--  1 root root  338452480 Jan 22 14:33 puppet-enterprise-2015.3.1-el-7-x86_64.tar
drwxr-xr-x  8 root root       4096 Jan 22 14:43 puppet-enterprise-2015.3.1-el-7-x86_64
[root@UA-HA tmp]#


4.Navigate to the puppet enterprise directory and list the contents.

[root@UA-HA puppet-enterprise-2015.3.1-el-7-x86_64]# ls -lrt
total 408
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   1225 Dec 23 16:03 README.markdown
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  19151 Dec 23 16:03 LICENSE.txt
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  10189 Dec 23 16:03 environments.rake
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  10394 Dec 23 16:03 db_import_export.rake
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 110726 Dec 28 12:46 utilities
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   3221 Dec 28 12:46 update-superuser-password.rb
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root  26275 Dec 28 12:46 puppet-enterprise-uninstaller
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root  20598 Dec 28 12:46 puppet-enterprise-support
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 134721 Dec 28 12:46 puppet-enterprise-installer
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  10235 Dec 28 12:46 pe-code-migration.rb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  25595 Dec 28 12:46 pe-classification.rb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root      9 Dec 28 12:49 VERSION
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    206 Dec 28 12:49 supported_platforms
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root     64 Jan 22 14:43 packages
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root     26 Jan 22 14:43 noask
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root   4096 Jan 22 14:43 modules
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root     31 Jan 22 14:43 gpg
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root   4096 Jan 22 14:43 erb
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root   4096 Jan 22 14:43 answers
[root@UA-HA puppet-enterprise-2015.3.1-el-7-x86_64]#


5. Execute the puppet enterprise installer and select the guided installation.

root@UA-HA puppet-enterprise-2015.3.1-el-7-x86_64]# ./puppet-enterprise-installer

Puppet Enterprise v2015.3.1 installer

Puppet Enterprise documentation can be found at http://docs.puppetlabs.com/pe/2015.3/



Before you begin, choose an installation method. We've provided a few paths to choose from.

- Perform a guided installation using the web-based interface. Think of this as an installation interview in which we ask you exactly how you want to install PE.
In order to use the web-based installer, you must be able to access this machine on port 3000 and provide the SSH credentials of a user with root access. This
method will login to servers on your behalf, install Puppet Enterprise and get you up and running fairly quickly.

- Use the web-based interface to create an answer file so that you can log in to the servers yourself and perform the installation locally. If you choose not to
use the web-based interface, you can write your own answer file, or use the answer file(s) provided in the PE installation tarball. Refer to Answer File
Installation (http://docs.puppetlabs.com/pe/2015.3/install_automated.html), which provides an overview on installing PE with an answer file.

?? Install packages and perform a guided install? [Y/n] y

Installing setup packages.

Please go to https://UA-HA:3000 in your browser to continue installation. Be sure to use https:// and that port 3000 is reachable through the firewall.


6. Open the browser and enter the URL which is provided in the previous command output. (https://UA-HA:3000).
If you do not have DNS configured , use the IP address.


7. Let’s get started.

Welcome to Puppet
Welcome to Puppet


7. Choose monolithic installation.

Choose Deployment Method - Puppet
Choose Deployment Method – Puppet


8.Enter the FQDN and host alias.

Puppet Master FQDN
Puppet Master FQDN


9.Enable application orchestration.

Enable Application Orchestration
Enable Application Orchestration


10. Puppet enterprise requires a PostgreSQL instance for data storage. Install PostgreSQL on Puppet DB node. Here you have option to set the “admin” user password.

Database - Puppet
Database – Puppet


11. Confirm the puppet deployment plan.

Confirm the Plan - Puppet
Confirm the Plan – Puppet


12. Puppet installer will validate the prerequisite.  You can safely ignore the warning since it’s for testing purpose.  Click on “Deploy Now”.

Validating the installation
Validating the installation


13. You can see that Puppet enterprise is deploying.

Installing Puppet Enterprise
Installing Puppet Enterprise


14. Once the installation is completed, you should be able to get the below screen. Click on “Start using Enterprise”.

Installation Completed - Puppet
Installation Completed – Puppet


15. You will be automatically redirected to puppet login page.

Login Page - Puppet
Login Page – Puppet


16. Once you have logged in as admin , you will get the overview console like below.

Overview - Puppet
Overview – Puppet


Puppet Version:

[root@UA-HA ~]# puppet --version
[root@UA-HA ~]#

We have successfully deployed the Puppet Enterprise (Puppet Master) on RHEL 7.  Hope this article is informative to you . Share it ! Comment it !! Be sociable !!!



  1. Hi

    Installation screen shot are not there in this post. As per my knowledge it was there previously.
    Kindly look into this and update the installation screen shot

  2. It is working now

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