PuppetDB and puppetdbquery offer a lot of power to dynamically generate configuration files. Here I provide an example use case with HAproxy systems running in a geographically dispersed system.

First off, if you use PuppetDB and haven't started using Puppetdbquery then now is the time to check it out. We will be using its functions inside of our Puppet manifest to gather information to act on inside our haproxy.cfg.erb

Data I am working with to make this happen:

  • Consistent FQDNs of global systems
  • Facter values $hostname, $domain,
  • All servers across multiple geographic regions report data back to a centralized PuppetDB

Most of my automation work relies on solid FQDN naming conventions. This is the root of system identification in a lot of cases and it needs to be consistent and straight forward. For our purposes here all web servers will follow this naming convention:

FQDN Structure

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