Configure job hardware

The servers Continuous Delivery for Puppet Enterprise (PE) uses to run tests on your Puppet code are known as job hardware. You must configure job hardware before you can run tests or use pipelines. Any node with a Puppet agent installed on it can be job hardware.

Before you begin
Review the Job hardware requirements sizing guide.
Important: Only the administrator of a workspace or a super user can configure job hardware for a workspace.
  1. Install a Puppet agent on each node you want to use as job hardware. The PE documentation provides instructions for Installing agents.
  2. Make sure your Continuous Delivery user role in PE has permission to run the cd4pe_jobs::run_cd4pe_job task.
  3. Install the puppetlabs-cd4pe_jobs module from the Forge. This module is required to run Continuous Delivery for PE jobs on your nodes.
    1. Add the puppetlabs-cd4pe_jobs module to:
      • The Puppetfile for the production environment on the PE primary server that manages the agent nodes you've selected as job hardware.
      • The Puppetfile on the main branch of the control repo associated with the PE primary server managing the agent nodes you've selected as job hardware.
      A sample Puppetfile entry:
      mod 'puppetlabs-cd4pe_jobs', '1.6.0'
      Tip: Visit the PE documentation for more information about Managing environment content with a Puppetfile.
    2. Run puppet code deploy production --wait to deploy the updated code to the production environment.
  4. Install and configure Docker on each job hardware node. Docker is required for Docker-based pre-built jobs included in Continuous Delivery for PE. Instructions are available in the Docker documentation.
  5. Assign nodes to the Docker hardware capability (which Continuous Delivery for PE automatically creates for you) to tell Continuous Delivery for PE the nodes can be used as job hardware for Docker-based jobs.
    1. In the Continuous Delivery for PE web UI, click Hardware.
    2. Locate the Docker capability and click Edit.
    3. Select the PE instance that manages the nodes you've selected as job hardware, and then select the job hardware nodes. Selected nodes appear in the Hardware with this capability list.
    4. After selecting all the job hardware nodes, click Save.
  6. Optional: Create additional capabilities or add job hardware nodes to other capabilities, as explained in Add job hardware capabilities. If you're managing a lot of job hardware nodes, additional capabilities help distribute the testing load and ensure that each job runs on a hardware with the correct characteristics.
Your job hardware is configured and ready for use.