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The Puppet Podcast features Puppet community members talking about the latest trends in configuration management & cloud automation as well as DevOps culture.
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Puppet Comply

Puppet Comply


Alex Hin shares his expertise from years in the cybersecurity industry on compliance and the importance behind adhering to CIS benchmarks.Learn MoreLearn more about Puppet Comply.See a demo of Puppet Comply in this session from Puppetize Digital.Learn more about Puppet’s journey into Continuous Compliance.
Martin Alfke from example42 drills down into the unique value of Hiera Data Manager and how it heavily reduces time needed for data analysis and setting.Learn MoreHiera Data Manager 
We know Halloween is over; however, these #DevOps stories are still mentally wreaking havoc on all that was involved. Ben Ford, Rob Nelson, and Mike Smith bravely share their experiences that were close to creating resume generating events in this episode. Tune in for how they recovered and the timeless lessons learned.
What has 2020 brought us besides cultural and operational change? Hopefully, it has pushed you to appreciate the aesthetically pleasing design of Puppet’s User Interface. Rick Monro is one of the wizards behind the architecture curtain of the Puppet UX. Rick explains why IT Directors should care about UX Design, some of the ethics around the new Puppet code terminology, and how he designs the Puppet Way in this episode. Learn MorePuppet Test Pilots: out why Puppet is moving toward a more diverse culture and also removing harmful language from its code and the correlation to the #blacklivesmatter movement. 
Have you hit a wall with your Open Source automation platform? Are you frustrated that your support has been limited? Well, Jesse Brennan and Claire Hernandez will calm your nerves with four words: Open Source Puppet Assist. They share how you can gain access to exclusive tools and content on Puppet, and help you make sure that you don’t take your Open Source journey alone.Visit the OSP Assist Portal:
As the new normal continues, the evolution of open-source software thrives. Lucy Wyman runs down the evolution and importance of Puppet’s Open Source Stewards on this episode.  Learn moreFind out why Puppet is moving toward a more diverse culture and also removing harmful language from its code and the correlation to #blacklivesmatter movementSeaGL:
Are you using Slack to do cool things (other than chatting about Netflix episodes at the virtual water cooler)? In today’s episode, Martez Reed and Demetrius Malbrough discuss how Hydra integrates with Slack to create and scale virtual environments. If you are interested in how your environment can be automatically created and spun up behind the scenes, this episode is for you!
What do you get when you mix DevOps Engineers, BBQ, and uncontrollable fits of throwing yourself off of mountains? You get Tim Meusel and Robert Müller dropping science around Vox Pupuli and how to build an awesome open source community. They also share some valuable insights around how they got started with Ruby, some lessons learned from a few mistakes they’ve made, and most importantly how to get involved with Vox Pupuli in this episode of Pulling the Strings Podcast. Learn moreDocumentation for vox-pupuli-tasksReviewing a module pull request
Have you considered putting your backups on auto-pilot? Rebecca Fitzhugh, Director of Developer Relations at Rubrik, discusses the modules that leverage Puppet on Pulling the Strings. Learn how to automate your Service Level Agreements and a simple way to install Backup Connectors across a fleet of servers simultaneously. After listening to this episode and grabbing the module off of GitHub, your boss might consider giving you an extra vacation day. Be sure to stay until the end to learn about a recent Ransomware attack and how immutability gives you control to recover quickly.
What does cross-team collaboration, git murder mysteries, and role-playing games have in common? The incredible DevOps superpowers of Ben Ford and Garrett Rowell answer those questions for you in this Pulling the Strings episode. Their collaboration resulted in an engaging game that debuted during Puppet Camp for attendees to play. The rocking, virtual scavenger hunt allows you to use your technical skills to solve problems while also having fun at the same time. Put your headphones on and crank up the treadmill!
Cloud teams are drowning in an increasing, unsustainable volume of external events: cloud events, git events, monitoring alerts, tickets, incidents, and others. In response, engineers manually perform a disparate set of actions across various cloud providers, container platforms, CI/CD tools, config mgmt tools, and hundreds of other APIs. To make this better, some developers try to create their one-off automation tools or integration hubs, usually per team or project. Eric Sorenson and Melissa Sussmann discuss Puppet’s event-driven automation, Relay, and how it helps clean up the “DevOps Dumping Ground” in your environmentLearn moreWe’re building the future of DevOps automation with Relay. Join the launch here Relay Launch
Puppet's developer experience has been through a lot of growing pains. Many of us learned Puppet before the PDK existed, when the state of the art was SSHing into a Puppet master, manually making a module's directory structure, and cracking open Vim to edit our manifests. Some of us still do that; old habits die hard. But the point is that the barrier to entry used to be really high, and it didn't have to be. James Pogran is a Puppet developer on a mission to change that and simplify the experience for practitioners of all levels. He's here to talk with us today about his work on the Puppet VS Code Extension.Learn moreInstall the Puppet VS Code Extension today!See more about the Puppet VS Code extensionGet started with the PDK today
In this podcast, Eric Sorenson and Melissa Sussmann will be exploring the challenges that DevOps engineers face in using cloud-native infrastructure and how Puppet can help with your deployments.Continuous deployment is essential to the growing cloud-native space, especially in the case of containerization. Everyone we’ve interviewed is looking to adopt cloud-native technologies, but they face significant challenges in adopting containers, microservices, and serverless infrastructure for even simple cloud-native applications.Project Nebula provides automation that helps customers easily work on provisioning, rollbacks, application deployment, and notifications all through one tool. Nebula also provides teams with a platform for sharing workflows and best practices to build consistent and coherent deployments. It's our latest offering for teams that are adopting various cloud-native and serverless technologies and need to unify this heterogeneous toolset into a single, end-to-end deployment workflow.Sign up for Project Nebula here: are offering a free bluetooth wireless speaker and welcome kit to the first 100 active users who provide product feedback for Project Nebula. To be an active user, customers must actively use the app for a couple of weeks and create and run custom workflows. To give product feedback, customers must schedule 1:1 time with the Nebula product team.Learn moreWatch Kenaz’s Puppetize PDX talk on Project NebulaWatch Eric Sorenson’s Puppetize PDX talk to learn about cloud-native configuration managementAttend Eric’s Panel at KubeConRead "Cloud Native Infrastructure" by Kris Nova and Justin GarrisonRead 6 Best Practices for Creating a Container Platform Strategy from Gartner
Puppet’s Nigel Kersten and CircleCI’s Mike Stahnke go behind-the-scenes of the 2019 report to talk about the shift to a security-focused report and where they see these challenges heading and evolving. Learn more• Download the 2019 State of DevOps Report• Listen to: Doing the DevOps with Yasmin Rajabi and Nick Maludy
In today’s episode, we talk to Nick Maludy DevOps Manager at Encore Technologies. He shares his career journey going from a developer to managing teams and applying DevOps at scale.Doing the DevOps can be hard and transformation takes time, Nick shares insight on how his team has implemented changes and continues to improve over time. Learn what tools they used and what advice he has to help introduce DevOps into your teams. Mentioned in the episode:• Nick's twitter: @NickMaludy• Puppet's slack channel:• Blogs resources:• encore tech blog:• S**t Gary Says:• Rob Nelson's blog:• Bolt hands-on lab:
We’re covering a few DevOps parallels, data-driven diaper changing, and, apparently, Baby Shark.Taking care of a newborn is a gargantuan task for everyone involved. We invite one of our technologists to tell us more about how he and his partner are automating the rough manual tasks away to make more time for rest and peace of mind.Automating chunks of the newborn/baby experience is beyond software. It’s about taking out manual tasks to make more time for important things… like sleep. Screenshots mentioned in episode• Example of data collected via Snoo bassinet • A closer look at a data-delivering changing table and feedings• A screenshot of baby room monitoring and controls via Amazon Alexa * Andrew Nhem is the managing editor at Puppet Learn more• Check out Dad Verb's YouTube Channel • Here's an overview of Dr. Karp's "Five S's for Soothing Babies"• If somehow you've made it through most of 2019 without listening to "Baby Shark"... (you're welcome)
Last month, we spent two and a half days in Budapest with some of our best community friends. I think the summary of Contributor Summit was the one common complaint I heard:"There was too much good content and it was really hard to decide between workshops!" said everybody.That's a really good problem to have and is the hallmark of a great experience. The key was in how the event was organized. Rather than tightly control the messaging, we simply asked our facilitators to build workshops that spoke to them and to just bring their best selves to the table ready to collaborate.This was part of our new focus on the community contributor experience. The whole Summit practically crackled with electricity and what felt like every attendee came up to tell me how productive it was for them. What are we covering?In this podcast, we talk about what made Contributor Summit special and some of the lessons we learned. We spoke with Tim Meusel, better known as bastelfreak, about the critical role that Vox Pupuli plays in our ecosystem. We even talked about marathon training, dispelled some misconceptions that Ben had about his mom's cooking, and established a clear winner in the German vs. Hungarian goulash rivalry.What else? Well, you'll just have to listen to find out!  Learn more• Have opinions about the best goulash recipes• Help review Vox Pupuli pull requests• Join the Portland Marathon training plan• See Portland's premiere pinball venue• Register for PuppetizePDX• Puppet Open Source projects (including Litmus)
Sometimes big challenges need to be tested and solved for at a much smaller scale. In this case, it’s the 1:87 model train scale with an interesting experiment coming out of Puppet.  Learn more about a new way to bring people together and automate with Bolt.On this episode, Engineers Cas, Ken, Jacob, and Managing Editor Andrew chat about “bolting” remote task orchestration and automation onto a HO-scale model train set. The vision: sending  Bolt plans to operate a model train at Puppet’s Portland headquarters.Hear how this cross-functional team solves for the automation of remote devices, navigating network security requirements, possibly provisioning containers, and (most importantly) building a fun project that brings people together.
You've probably heard that we've got a conference coming up soon. But have you also heard about the exciting additional events going on around Puppetize PDX? We're coming back home to Portland, and are super excited to show you some of our favorite parts of our city.We've added a few extra events into the Puppetize PDX agenda and in this podcast, we'll talk with a small handful of Puppet employees who're helping facilitate some of those experiences for you. They range from integral parts of the conference, like the Birds of a Feather discussion sessions that Gene is facilitating, to the technical extras, like the Bolt workshop and the Hackday, all the way to the unrelated-but-still-fun Puppet-sponsored Portland Marathon team and the informal pinball tournament at Ground Kontrol.Come along; we hope you enjoy the listen!*Ben Ford is a software engineer and developer advocate at Puppet.* Learn more• See the Ground Kontrol facilities.• Read about Portland Marathon training plan• See the Puppetize PDX agenda• Check out Puppet's guide to Portland• Read about the Birds of a Feather format• Play with the self-paced version of the Bolt workshop
In this podcast, Eric talks with Bryan Belanger from Fervid about working with Puppet in highly regulated compute environments. As a consultant for US Government agencies, Bryan's been working to get "Authority to Operate" for governmental cloud services, to speed up time to delivery and reduce compliance risk. The Puppet modules for STIG hardening, especially for Windows servers, let them build a baseline from existing systems and enforce that across the environment. We talk about the Forge, about Cloud, and about... Canada! Windows hardening module: *Eric is a technical product manager at Puppet.*
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