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Pulling the Strings

43 EpisodesProduced by PuppetWebsite

The Pulling the Strings podcast features Puppet community members discussing the latest trends in infrastructure automation, continuous compliance, and DevOps.

43 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

The Future of Platform Engineering

January 18th, 2023


In this episode, join special guests Nigel Kersten, KasparvonGrünberg, Fatih Degirmenci, and Ronan Keenan as they discuss the recent surge in …

Creating Community with an Employee Resource Group (ERG)

June 29th, 2022


Creating and maintaining community is hard, especially when you don't bump into each other in the hallways on the regular. And community is vital, …

Managing your configuration management system shouldn't be hard

May 25th, 2022


Managing the configuration of an entire ecosystem is not an easy thing to do, and bootstrapping the system that manages that configuration is even …

CentOS 8 is EOL, so now what?

April 27th, 2022


CentOS has become the de facto standard operating system for many organizations since it’s basically the same thing as RHEL, rebranded and without commercial support.

CentOS was originally a community project, but over …

Automating your way to compliance across your entire cloud infrastructure

March 9th, 2022


Cortez worked his way up through the ranks as a cloud security and compliance engineer, managing hundreds of production applications. Now he's taking those grueling lessons and teaching the team at Relay how to automate …

Practice and prepare for your next security threat

February 9th, 2022


The recent log4j fiasco reminded us that not only is it important to stay updated and current with security news, but it's also critical to have safe ways to deploy configuration updates or orchestrate …

How Puppet's open source DNA is paving the path ahead

January 12th, 2022


Puppet has been open source since day one and our success has largely been built on community contributions. One could even say that it's part of our …

The best part of the PowerShell Gallery is that it's on the Puppet Forge

December 15th, 2021


The DSC configuration engine is the standard way to manage Windows systems, and it’s incredibly powerful. Now it's easier to use too, because all the …

A paradigm shift: Puppet and ServiceNow integrations

November 17th, 2021


User research shows that a huge number of our customers were using ServiceNow alongside Puppet Enterprise. It only made sense to teach the tools how …

Learn at your convenience with Puppet Practice Labs

July 14th, 2021


Learning new tools is hard enough on its own. But then you often have to install software, set up a working environment, download a dev kit, or more. …

Being out at work and the importance of role models

June 16th, 2021


Pride is a celebration of our true selves -- of loving yourself for who you are, and of accepting and loving others for who they are.

It can be a …

CTO Chronicles: The DevOps Edition

June 9th, 2021


Abby Kearns and Deepak Giridharagopal share their unique experience of being co-CTOs and where Puppet is headed in the near future on this episode of …

The keys to unlock your developer voice

May 26th, 2021


Ben Ford explains the importance of content and why developer insights help to build stronger communities on this episode of Pulling the Strings …

Beaker's past, present and future

May 5th, 2021


Acceptance testing is fun, I know! In this episode of Pulling the Strings, Lucy Wyman, Gene Liverman, and Trevor Vaughan explain multi-node testing …

Virtualization & Kubernetes: Why another abstraction?

April 7th, 2021


I had virtualization… Then you gave me Kubernetes on top of virtualization. I thought Kubernetes was supposed to be the answer, and now you’re telling me it’s not the answer and I need something else on top of …

Life after the State of DevOps Report - Scaling DevOps

March 17th, 2021


Hear about the behind-the-scenes process of creating the 2020 State of DevOps Report. Nigel Kersten and Michael Stahnke dive deep into the data that drives the narrative of the report and take us on a journey dissecting …

The gateway elixir to automated infrastructure testing

February 3rd, 2021


What is Onceover testing you may ask? A tool to automatically run basic tests on an entire Puppet controlrepo, it was written mostly while sipping …

Puppet Comply

January 13th, 2021


Alex Hin shares his expertise from years in the cybersecurity industry on compliance and the importance behind adhering to CIS benchmarks.

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The benefits of using Hiera Data Manager

December 23rd, 2020


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 …

Halloween Edition: 2020 DevOps horror stories

December 2nd, 2020


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 …

The power of UX design at Puppet

October 28th, 2020


What has 2020 brought us besides cultural and operational change? Hopefully, it has pushed you to appreciate the aesthetically pleasing design of …

OSP Assist: The one-stop Open Source Portal

October 14th, 2020


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 …

Open Source Stewards Unite

September 23rd, 2020


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 …

Hydra: leveraging Slack to build seamlessly

September 2nd, 2020


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

How to build an awesome open source community

August 12th, 2020


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 …

Modules, APIs, & SLAs: Automating Backups with Rubrik & Puppet

July 22nd, 2020


Have you considered putting your backups on auto-pilot? Rebecca Fitzhugh, Director of Developer Relations at Rubrik, discusses the modules that …

All coding and no games keeps the fun away

June 24th, 2020


What does cross-team collaboration, git murder mysteries, and role-playing games have in common? The incredible DevOps superpowers of Ben Ford and …

How to clean up the DevOps dumping ground with Relay

June 10th, 2020


Cloud teams are drowning in an increasing, unsustainable volume of external events: cloud events, git events, monitoring alerts, tickets, incidents, …

What's new with the Puppet VS Code Extension, anyway?

April 16th, 2020


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 …

Continuous Delivery and Cloud Native Infrastructure with Nebula Team

December 11th, 2019


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 …

2019 State of DevOps Report chat: Security is boring when it's working

October 23rd, 2019


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 …

Doing the DevOps with Yasmin Rajabi and Nick Maludy

October 8th, 2019


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 …

Automation and parenting: data-driven diaper changing and more

October 7th, 2019


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 …

Contributor Summit was a lot of firsts. What's next?

September 30th, 2019


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 …

Introducing Puppet at Scale: a panel discussion on IT automation and model trains

September 23rd, 2019


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 …

The best of the rest of Puppetize PDX

September 12th, 2019


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 …

If I tell you, I'd have to kill you: Puppet in Federal Environments

June 28th, 2019


In this podcast, Eric talks with Bryan Belanger from Fervid about working with Puppet in highly regulated compute environments. As a consultant for …

Contributor Summit 2019: Budapest

May 21st, 2019


I hope to see you in Budapest, 4-5 June.

Contributor Summit is just around the corner and we can't wait to catch up with you. Budapest will be …

Community Spotlight: Vox Pupuli

May 8th, 2019


Vox Pupuli has long been the backbone of the open source Puppet community. But as often happens when a group is so capable and ubiquitous, sometimes …

Bolt: Uniting Models and Tasks

April 4th, 2019


One of Puppet’s big strengths is declarative automation – you model the desired end state of your infrastructure and Puppet does the hard work of …

Guest Feature: Learning from the greybeards with @DevOpsFables

March 7th, 2019


It seems like every day is another paradigm shift anymore. SaaS, PaaS, configuration management, cloud native, immutable infrastructure, serverless, and so on. But one has to ask, what do we lose by always chasing the …

Community Spotlight: Corey's Bitcoin Miner

February 6th, 2019


We're all familiar with Puppet's main forte; that of managing configuration for computers, servers, cloud instances, etc. But as with any tool, …

Community Spotlight: Puppet Debugger

February 5th, 2019


We're kicking off 2019 with a bang and a series of spotlights on notable community members and their achievements. We've got some great shows lined …

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