Text-mode installation: monolithic

In a monolithic installation all PE components are installed on one node. This installation type is easy to install, upgrade, and troubleshoot, and you can expand this installation type up to 20,000 managed nodes by adding compile masters to it as you scale. A monolithic installation is the recommended install type for most users.

Install PE: monolithic installation

When you perform a monolithic installation of PE in text mode, you install the Puppet master, PuppetDB, and the PE console components all on the same machine.

The PE installer is idempotent, meaning that you can run it as many times as needed without affecting the outcome. If you encounter errors during installation, you can fix them and run the installer again.

Before you begin:

  1. Unpack the tarball by running tar -xf <TARBALL_FILENAME>. This requires about 1 GB of space in /tmp.
  2. From the installer directory, run the installer. The installation steps will vary depending on the path you choose.

    • To have the installer open a copy of pe.conf for you to edit and install with, run the installer without the -c flag.

      sudo ./puppet-enterprise-installer
    • To use a pe.conf file that you’ve previously populated, run the installer with the -c flag pointed at the pe.conf file.

      sudo ./puppet-enterprise-installer -c <FULL PATH TO pe.conf>

      Warning: If you’re using a pre-populated file, be sure you’ve set the parameters correctly as detailed in the following steps. Do not use single quotes on parameter values. Use double quotes as shown in the examples.

  3. If you ran the installer without the -c flag, select “text-mode” when prompted.

    This opens your text editor with a pe.conf file that you can edit to match your infrastructure and add any additional text-mode installation options as needed.

  4. Set the following parameter:

    Parameter Value
    "console_admin_password": "<PASSWORD>" Replace <PASSWORD> with your password used to log into the PE console.

    Tip: On a monolithic install, you can use the default value of "%{::trusted.certname}"if the certname of your monolithic server matches its FQDN.

  5. If you have an external PostgreSQL server, refer to the external PostgreSQL parameters in the pe.conf reference and add them to pe.conf.

  6. Save and close the file.

    This starts the installation.

  7. After the installation completes, perform two Puppet runs on the monolithic Puppet master by running puppet agent -t twice.

    When the installation completes, you can find an updated pe.conf file at /etc/puppetlabs/enterprise/conf.d.

Text-mode installation options

When you run the installer in text mode, you can pass additional flags to control the installation.

The syntax for the text-based installation with a specified pe.conf file is

sudo ./puppet-enterprise-installer -c <FULL PATH TO pe.conf>

When you use the -c option, the pe.conf file name with full path is required. The command will quit with an error message if you omit it.

When you use the -c option, you can also use the following options:

Option Definition
-D The installer will display debugging information
-q The installer will run in quiet mode. The installation process will not be displayed. If errors occur during the installation, the command will quit with an error message.
-V The installer will display very verbose debugging information.
-h The installer will display help information.

Add Puppet Enterprise binaries to PATH

PE installs a number of binaries for interacting with its tools and services. You should include these binaries in your default path.

  1. To include these binaries in your default $PATH, manually add them to your profile or run:

    PATH=/opt/puppetlabs/puppet/bin:/opt/puppetlabs/server/bin:$PATH;export PATH

PE installs a number symlinks for interacting with its tools and services. If needed, you can disable symlinks by placing a setting in your your default Hiera file.

  1. In your default Hiera file, add the following setting:

    puppet_enterprise::manage_symlinks: false

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