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Tip of the Week 99 - Psick profiles. Part 2 - Setting proxy server and hostname

On the first post of our series on Psick profiles we introduced the psick module and had an overview of its reusable profiles.

In this post we are starting to review some handy psick profiles:

  • psick::proxy to configure proxy settings, on Linux system startup scripts, on gem and pip environments and in repo configurations for apt and yum

  • psick::hostname to manage / enforce the system’s hostname both on Linux and Windows

Managing proxy settings with psick::proxy

To use it just include the class in your manifests (remember that):

include psick::proxy

or classify with the ENC of choice.

Then, hiera configuration can be as follows:

  port: 3128
  user: john    # Optional
  password: xxx # Optional
    - localhost
    - "%{::domain}"
    - "%{::fqdn}"
  scheme: http   # 

If you have included the psick class, you can set the same values using the general psick::servers hash, as this is the default value for the psick::proxy::proxy_server:

class psick::proxy ( [...]
  Optional[Hash] $proxy_server     = $::psick::servers['proxy'],

The above example has the same effect of:

  port: 3128

You can customise the components for which proxy should be configured, here are the default params:

Manage presence of proxy settings:

psick::proxy::ensure: present

Configure proxy settings for system’s gem environment:

psick::proxy::configure_gem: true

Configure proxy settings for Puppet’s gem environment:

psick::proxy::configure_puppet_gem: true

Configure proxy settings for PIP environment:

psick::proxy::configure_pip: true

Configure proxy settings for system. Exporting http_proxy variables in profile.d:

psick::proxy::configure_system: true

Configure proxy settings on package management tool (yum and apt supported):

psick::proxy::configure_repo: true

Managing the hostname with psick::hostname

Another profile for common use cases is psick::hostname which manages the server’s hostname both on Linux and Windows.

It allows to set or reinforce hostname, fqdn and domain in local system configuration files on Linux and Windows.

Class defaults are as follows:

class psick::hostname (
  String                $host                 = $::hostname,
  Variant[Undef,String] $fqdn                 = $::fqdn,
  Variant[Undef,String] $dom                  = $::domain,
  String                $ip                   = $::ipaddress,
  Boolean               $update_hostname      = true,
  Boolean               $update_host_entry    = true,
  Boolean               $update_network_entry = true,
  Boolean               $update_cloud_cfg     = false,
  Boolean               $no_noop              = false,
) {

The update booleans have effect only on Linux and control where we want to set the hostname:

  • On /etc/hostname and via the hostname command (update_hostname)

  • With Puppet’s host resource (update_host_entry)

  • On /etc/sysconfig/network (only on RHEL derivatives) (update_network_entry)

  • On /etc/cloud/cloud.cfg.d/99_preserve_hostname.cfg (requires cloud config) (update_cloud_cfg)

On Windows if $update_hostname is true and hostname is not the same configured, the netdom renamecomputer command is run.

Usage is the usual, include in manifests (ie: in role classes):

include psick::proxy

Or via any other classification option you use.

Configuration via hiera can be as follows:

psick::hostname::host: my_host
psick::hostname::fqdn: my_host.my_domain
psick::hostname::dom: my_domain
psick::hostname::ip: "%{::ipaddress}"

These are two of the several psick profiles for common uses. They are less complete than dedicated modules but can do most of the expected work without the need of additional modules, other than psick, keeping the whole psick philosofy of giving choice on what profiles to use and what to configure with them.

Alessandro Franceschi