Puppet Interview Questions and Answer Part – 1

Where does the Puppet agent look for the Puppet Master hostname?

  • In /etc/puppet/puppet.conf under the [agent] section (Ans)
  • In /etc/puppet.conf under the [agent] section
  • In /etc/puppet/puppet.conf under the [master] section
  • In /etc/puppet.conf under the [master] section

What is one way to run the Puppet agent manually?

  • Execute c:\programdata\puppetlabs\puppet\bin\puppet_run.exe
  • Execute c:\program files\puppet labs\bin\puppet.bat –run-now
  • Execute c:\programdata\puppetlabs\puppet\bin\puppet_run.bat
  • Execute c:\program files\puppet labs\bin\puppet_interactive.bat (Ans)

How is Puppet different than Chef and CFEngine?

  • Chef and CFengine are not open source
  • Puppet’s language is procedural while Chef and CFEngine use declarative languages
  • Puppet’s language is simpler and easier to learn (Ans)

Where must directory environments be located?

  • There is no particular location where they must be located (Ans)
  • /etc/puppet/environments
  • /etc/puppet
  • /etc/puppet/manifests/environments

What is one of the purposes of modules?

  • Provide a way to backup Puppet configurations
  • Eliminate the need to ever do anything manually
  • Extend Puppet’s native functionality (Ans)

What directory should module-specific templates go in?

  • Under the module’s root path
  • /etc/puppet/templates
  • The templates subdirectory under the module’s root path (Ans)

Hiera data can be stored in YAML files. What are these files called?

  • Data fields
  • Data accessor models
  • Data sources (Ans)
  • Hierarchial manifests

What does the beginning of a class definition for the “linux” class look like?

  • class linux: {
  • class linux { (Ans)
  • { class ‘linux’:

What is a resource type?

  • The type of Puppet server
  • The type of node to be managed, such as Windows or Linux
  • The type of resource to be managed, such as package, service, or file (Ans)

The frequency of configuration runs is controlled by the…

  • crontab
  • Run interval (Ans)
  • Execution interval
  • Enforcement interval
  • The Windows service subsystem

What web server ships with the Puppet Master?

  • nginx
  • NetScaler
  • WEBrick (Ans)
  • Apache HTTP server

What happens if the title in a package resource declaration does not match the Windows DisplayName?

  • Puppet will uninstall and reinstall the package
  • Puppet will think the package isn’t installed & will try to install it on every configuration run (Ans)
  • Windows will blue-screen
  • Puppet will never install the package

Which of the following is the beginning of a valid file resource declaration?

  • file { ‘/info.txt’: (Ans)
  • file { ‘/info.txt’ (
  • file “/info.txt”: {
  • file ‘/info.txt’ {

What command run on a CentOS Puppet Master reloads the Hiera configuration?

  • sudo service puppetmaster restart
  • sudo service apache restart
  • sudo service httpd restart (Ans)
  • sudo service httpd restart

Why aren’t group policies always sufficient for Windows configuration management?

  • Group policies require the use of PowerShell scripts
  • Group policies do not allow managing files, packages, or services
  • Group policies require an Active Directory infrastructure to be scalable (Ans)

What is the command for setting SELinux to permissive mode?

  • sudo getenforce –mode=permissive
  • sudo setenforce permissive (Ans)
  • sudo setenforce disabled

What does a selector do?

  • Takes a set of possible values and assigns one of those values to a variable based on a condition (Ans)
  • Selects which package, file, or service declaration should be executed first
  • Installs a package based on the version of operating system the Puppet agent is running on

What is a Git repository?

  • A copy of files and directories that cannot be stored locally
  • Where you download Git from
  • Where Git maintains and tracks changes to files and directories (Ans)

How is a role implemented?

  • By creating a subclass inside the profiles module named profiles::profilename
  • By creating a subclass inside the roles module named roles::rolename (Ans)
  • By creating a subclass inside the roles module named profiles::profilename

What does it mean for the Puppet Master to classify a node?

  • Locate the node definition in the manifest and determine what configuration should be applied (Ans)
  • To generate a catalog based on the node’s manifest
  • To instantiate a class based on the node’s operating system
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