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GEC22 Tutorial: Configuration Management Tools for Experimenters


Session Leaders

Sarah Edwards
Max Ott


This tutorial will build awareness of open source configuration management (Puppet, Chef, Salt, and Ansible) and software deployment (Fabric) tools and best practices for use in experimentation. This tutorial consists of two parts: experimenters will discuss their experiences using these tools to run experiments on GENI; in the hands-on portion, attendees will do simple examples using two different tools, Chef and Ansible. The goal of the tutorial is to encourage experimenters to adopt a configuration management (CM) tool of their choice in their day-to-day experimentation.


Intermediate to Advanced.

Primarily of interest to GENI experimenters, but also of interest to GENI and US Ignite developers.

Pre-requisites / Pre-work

Some familiarity with the concept of using GENI for experimentation is recommended.

Hands-on participants must know how to reserve resources in GENI using an existing RSpec and how to log into nodes using SSH with a private key.

Attendance at presentation session held previously is recommended: Introduction to Configuration Management Tools for Experimenters?


  1. Hands-On with Chef and Ansible.

Hands-on experience using each of Chef and Ansible. Experimenters will leave with the software installed and having done a small example that illustrates the strengths of each tool for experimenters.

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