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Recently one of my colleague called me up with a problem statement where he was finding difficulty configuring JBOSS through puppet. I tried to help him through one of VMware Workstation box on my Dell Inspiron.


I tried to google but couldn’t find the working example. I tried my hands of my own and YES…I did it finally.

I am sharing the overall idea how to deploy and configure JBOSS through Puppet.

Let’s say you have the following steps which you manually perform for installing JBOSS on your Linux machine:

1.$ su -c “yum install java-1.6.0-openjdk-devel”

2.$ java –version

3.wget http://download.jboss.org/jbossas/7.1/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final.zip

4.$ unzip jboss-as-7.1.1.Final.zip -d /usr/share

5.$ adduser jboss

6.$ chown -fR jboss.jboss /usr/share/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final/

7.$ su jboss

8.$ cd /usr/share/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final/bin/

9.$ ./add-user.sh

You should see the following message on the console after executing the command:

What type of user do you wish to add?

a) Management User (mgmt-users.properties)

b) Application User (application-users.properties)

(a): a

We select “a”, next you should see the following message:

Enter the details of the new user to add.

Realm (ManagementRealm) :

Username : jboss

Password :

Re-enter Password :

* hit enter for Realm to use default, then provide a username and password

We select the default value for the Realm (ManagementRealm), by hitting enter, and select “jboss” as our username. By default, we supply “jb0ss” as our password, of course, you can provide any password you prefer here.

Step 4: Start the JBoss AS 7 server:

Once the appropriate JBoss users are created, we are now ready to start our new JBoss AS 7 server. With JBoss AS 7, a new standalone and domain model has been introduced. In this tutorial, we focus on starting up a standalone server. The domain server will be part of a future tutorial.

Startup a JBoss 7, standalone instance:

A standalone instance of JBoss 7 can be starting by executing:

$ ./standalone.sh -Djboss.bind.address= -Djboss.bind.address.management=0.0.0.

We can automate those steps for client through Puppet.Let’s start writing puppet init.pp from scratch. I will be delivering step by step of init.pp to achieve every components of init.pp.

Line 1 – 4

The Line 1 to 4 does nothing but downloading JBOSS to /usr/share directory. What we are going to do is put the downloaded jboss-as-7.1.1.Final on /var/lib/puppet/files directory on puppet master and push it to the puppet-client at /usr/share/jboss-as directory.

Here is the below init.pp

The above init.pp define a class jboss-custom, takes JBOSS-as-7.1.1-Final from the puppet-master /var/lib/puppet/files/ and push it to the puppet-client.

Que: How does it know which directory to pull the files from?

Answer: Under /etc/puppet/fileserver.conf, we define those path and permission as shown below:

Shall we start?

Ensure that you have put JBOSS-as-7.1.1-Final under /var/lib/puppet/files directory with permission:

#chown –R puppet:puppet /var/lib/puppet

The permission is very important and shouldn’t be skipped.

Now run the command from the puppet-client to check if it runs without any issue:

Wow !!! Our first program went well and the server has pushed the file to the puppet-client successfully.

Line:5 to 9

The easiest way of performing the overall step is writing a shell script which will run on the remote machine:

Go to /var/lib/puppet/files and create a script called jbossdeploy.sh


groupadd jbossas

useradd -g jbossas -p deQcvEr1PRPSM jbossas

chown -fR jbossas:jbossas /usr/share/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final/

cd /usr/share/jboss-as/


spawn ./add-user.sh

expect “(a):”

send “a”

expect “Realm (ManagementRealm):”

send “ManagementRealm”

expect “Username:”

send “jbossas”

expect “Password:”

send “jbossas”

expect “Re-enter Password:”

send “jbossas”

cd /usr/share/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final/bin

./standalone.sh -Djboss.bind.address= -Djboss.bind.address.management=

The above script will create jboss user and group, run add-user.sh command under /usr/share/jboss-as/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final/bin directory. I have used expect library (ensure it is already installed) in perl.

Lets modify the init.pp so as to accommodate this script execution as shown:

class jboss-custom {

file {‘/usr/share/jboss-as/jboss-7.1.1.Final’:

owner => ‘root’,

group => ‘root’,

mode => ‘0440’,

source => ‘puppet://puppet-server.test.com/files/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final’


file { ‘/usr/share/jboss-as/jbossdeploy.sh’:

source => ‘puppet://puppet-server.test.com/files/jbossdeploy.sh’


exec { “/usr/share/jboss-as/jbossdeploy.sh”:}


If you run now the following it goes all fine and start the JBOSS application server.

Lets test it.

puppet agent –test –verbose –server puppet-server.test.com

info: Caching catalog for puppet-client.test.com

info: Applying configuration version ‘1345944985’

notice: /File[/usr/share/jboss-as/jbossdeploy.sh]/content:

— /usr/share/jboss-as/jbossdeploy.sh 2012-08-29 17:37:01.365003616 -0400

+++ /tmp/puppet-file20120829-18751-81r0p8-0 2012-08-29 17:44:40.993732919 -0 400

@@ -1,12 +1,10 @@


groupadd jbossas

useradd -g jbossas -p deQcvEr1PRPSM jbossas

chown -fR jbossas:jbossas /usr/share/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final/

-cd /usr/share/jboss-as/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final/bin

+cd /usr/share/jboss-as/


-/usr/bin/expect << EOD

-spawn sh add-user.sh

+spawn ./add-user.sh

expect “(a):”

send “a”

expect “Realm (ManagementRealm):”

@@ -17,7 +15,6 @@

send “jbossas”

expect “Re-enter Password:”

send “jbossas”


cd /usr/share/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final/bin

./standalone.sh -Djboss.bind.address= -Djboss.bind.address.management=0. 0.0.0&

info: FileBucket adding {md5}afc9bd6b8229da628396b90f2759f41f

info: /File[/usr/share/jboss-as/jbossdeploy.sh]: Filebucketed /usr/share/jboss-a s/jbossdeploy.sh to puppet with sum afc9bd6b8229da628396b90f2759f41f

notice: /File[/usr/share/jboss-as/jbossdeploy.sh]/content: content changed ‘{md5 }afc9bd6b8229da628396b90f2759f41f’ to ‘{md5}140ab2a8605d1164793c2175aa972675’

notice: /Stage[main]/Jboss-custom/Exec[/usr/share/jboss-as/jbossdeploy.sh]/retur ns: executed successfully

notice: /File[/usr/share/jboss-as/jboss-7.1.1.Final]/ensure: created

notice: Finished catalog run in 0.79 seconds

[root@puppet-client ~]#

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Ajeet Raina

My name is Ajeet Singh Raina and I am an author of this blogging site. I am a Docker Captain, ARM Innovator & Docker Bangalore Community Leader. I bagged 2 special awards last year(2019): Firstly, “The Tip of Captain’s Hat Award” at Dockercon 2019, San Francisco, and secondly, “2019 Docker Community Award“. I run Collabnix Community Slack with over 5300+ audience . I have built popular GITHUB repositories like DockerLabs, KubeLabs, Kubetools, RedisPlanet Terraform etc. with the support of Collabnix Community. Currently working as Developer Relations Manager at Redis Labs where I help customers and community members adopt Redis. With over 12,000+ followers over LinkedIn & close to 5100+ twitter followers, I like sharing Docker and Kubernetes related content . You can follow me on Twitter(@ajeetsraina) & GitHub(@ajeetraina)


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