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Version information

  • 0.4.1 (latest)
  • 0.3.4
  • 0.3.3
  • 0.3.2
  • 0.3.1
  • 0.3.0
  • 0.2.1
  • 0.2.0
  • 0.1.3
  • 0.1.2
  • 0.1.1
  • 0.1.0
released Jan 21st 2018
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 3.x
  • Puppet 3.x
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Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'sgnl05-racktables', '0.4.1'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add sgnl05-racktables
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install sgnl05-racktables --version 0.4.1

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Tags: racktables


sgnl05/racktables — version 0.4.1 Jan 21st 2018


Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Module Description - What the module does and why it is useful
  3. Setup - The basics of getting started with racktables
  4. Usage - Configuration options and additional functionality
  5. Reference - An under-the-hood peek at what the module is doing and how
  6. Limitations - OS compatibility, etc.
  7. Development - Guide for contributing to the module


This Puppet module installs RackTables, along with Apache, PHP, MySQL.

Module Description

RackTables is nifty and robust solution for datacenter and server room asset management. It helps document hardware assets, network addresses, space in racks, networks configuration and much much more.

Use this module to install a new instance of RackTables. The module will also install Apache, PHP, MySQL (optional) and some other dependencies for RackTables (php packages mostly).

WARNING: Use this module on NEW servers! Existing databases, webserver configs and RackTables installations will be replaced or purged.


What racktables affects

  • Apache - Any existing config will be purged or replaced.
  • MySQL - Existing databases and settings might be replaced.
  • RackTables - Existing RackTable files might be replaced.

Beginning with RackTables module

To install RackTables version 0.20.10 with local database and default parameters:

class { '::racktables':
  vhost      => '',
  release    => 'RackTables-0.20.10',
  install_db => true,

As soon as Puppet is done installing RackTables, go to the vhost address and append ?module=installer to the URL (Example URL: From there follow the RackTables installation steps (7 in total).

Default database settings are:

  • database: racktables_db
  • username: racktables_user
  • password: racktables_pass

These values can be changed by adding parameters 'db_name', 'db_username' and 'db_password' to the ::racktables class (See more examples).

Handling the permissions of secret.php at installation step 3 and 4 of can be assisted by Puppet. Use parameter 'secretfile' on the ::racktables class and set it to "writable" on step 3 and "readonly" on step 4. Remember to run "puppet agent -t" on the target server after each of these steps. If you have an existing secretfile or template, the default behavior of 'secretfile' is to accept the contents as a string. For instance:

class { '::racktables':
  vost       => '',
  release    => 'RackTables-0.20.14',
  secretfile => file('/path/to/file'),


Install RackTables with a new local database:

class { '::racktables':
  vhost       => '',
  release     => 'RackTables-0.20.14',
  install_db  => true,
  db_name     => 'racktables',
  db_username => 'racktables',
  db_password => 'make_a_strong_password',

Install RackTables, using a remote database with existing RackTables data:

class { '::racktables':
  vhost       => '',
  release     => 'RackTables-0.20.14',
  db_name     => 'example_db_name',
  db_username => 'example_username',
  db_password => 'example_password',
  db_host     => '',
  secretfile  => 'template',

Make sure there's a DNS entry for your vhost. After 'puppet agent -t' run on target machine, go to the vhost URL and follow the onscreen installation instructions.


###Classes and Defined Types

####Class: racktables


Handles the inc/secret.php file. This can be put to good use during first time installation.

Available settings for this parameter are:

  • "w" (writable)
  • "r" (readonly) (these are useful for configuring Racktables manually through the web browser
  • "template" (uses the included default template, or a custome one set through the templatefile parameter)
  • "absent" (deletes the file, if it exists)
  • A string containing the contents of the secretfile
  • undef (or just don't include the parameter) - this does nothing and leaves the file undeclared

If you set this attribute to "w" while installing RackTables so that the web server can write to the file, remember to later set it to "r" (for readonly) after configuration in step 4.

DEPRICATION WARNING: This parameter will be renamed to 'secretmode' in the next release of this module.


String. Sets the template file to use for secret.php. The secretfile parameter must be set to 'template' for this to work. Defaults to 'racktables/secret.erb'.


String. The virtual host address to use for your racktables installation. Requires a valid DNS entry. Defaults to ''.


String. Selects what RackTables version to download. The version is pulled from (Revision = Git revision TAG). The RackTables project on GitHub has (so far) tagged every release with "RackTables-[version]". You can automatically upgrade the racktables version by modifying this attribute to a higher version number. Defaults to 'undef', which results in the default repo being downloaded. After first download, 'undef' setting will not modify local files even if the remote repo is updated.


Boolean. Set to 'true' to make this module install a mysql database on the target server. Defaults to 'false'.


String. Sets the mysql username for the racktables database. Defaults to 'racktables_user'.


String. Sets the password for the user defined in param "mysqluser". Defaults to 'racktables_pass'.


String. Sets the name of the database for racktables. Defaults to 'racktables_db'.


String. Sets the name of the database to connect to. Defaults to 'localhost'.


String. Sets the root password on MySQL. Defaults to undef.


String. "$user_auth_src" setting in inc/secret.php. Default setting is to authenticate users locally, but it is possible to employ existing LDAP or Apache user accounts. Check RackTables wiki for more information, in particular, this page for LDAP configuration details: Defaults to 'database'.


String. "$require_local_account" setting in inc/secret.php. See RackTables wiki on LDAP and SAML configuration for more information: Defaults to true.


String. "$pdo_bufsize" setting in inc/secret.php. Setting MySQL client buffer size may be required to make downloading work for larger files, but it does not work with mysqlnd. Example: '50 1024 1024' Defaults to undef.


Hash. "$LDAP_options" setting in inc/secret.php. See for details. Defaults to undef. Example class:

class { '::racktables':
  vhost                 => '',
  release               => 'RackTables-0.20.14',
  user_auth_src         => 'ldap',
  require_local_account => false,
  ldap_options          => {
    'server'               => 'localhost',
    'domain'               => '',
    'search_attr'          => '',
    'search_dn'            => '',
    'search_bind_rdn'      => 'NULL',
    'search_bind_password' => 'NULL',
    'displayname_attrs'    => '',
    'options'              => 'array (LDAP_OPT_PROTOCOL_VERSION => 3)',
    'use_tls'              => '2',


Hash. "$SAML_options" setting in inc/secret.php. See for details. Defaults to undef. Example class:

class { '::racktables':
  vhost                 => '',
  release               => 'RackTables-0.20.14',
  user_auth_src         => 'saml',
  require_local_account => false,
  saml_options          => {
    'simplesamlphp_basedir' => '../simplesaml',
    'sp_profile'            => 'default-sp',
    'usernameAttribute'     => 'eduPersonPrincipName',
    'fullnameAttribute'     => 'fullName',
    'groupListAttribute'    => 'memberOf',


String. "$helpdesk_banner" setting in inc/secret.php. This HTML banner is intended to assist users in dispatching their issues to the local tech support service. Its text (in its verbatim form) will be appended to assorted error messages visible in user's browser (including "not authenticated" message). Beware of placing any sensitive information here, it will be readable by unauthorized visitors. Defaults to undef.


String. Specifies the location of SSL certification. Defaults to undef.


String. Specifies the location of the SSL key. Defaults to undef.


String. Specifies the location of the SSL chain. Defaults to undef.


String. Specifies the apache user. Used for setting permissions to inc/secret.php. Defaults to 'apache' for RedHat/CentOS and 'www-data' for Debian/Ubuntu.


String. Specifies the installation path of RackTables. Defaults to '/usr/local/share/RackTables'.


Array. Defines what prerequisities to install. Defaults are operating system specific. See params.pp for details.

#####repoensure String. Specify the ensure parameter for vcsrepo. Setting this to 'latest' will always pull new commits to the GitHub repo, which is usefull for development environments. Use only 'present' for production installations! Defaults to 'present'. Valid values are 'present' and 'latest'.


String. Defines what vcs system to use for downloading RackTables. Defaults to 'git'.


String. URL to the RackTables repo. Defaults to ''.



####Public Classes

  • racktables: Starts the module and calls racktables::apache, racktables::mysql and racktables::install
  • racktables::apache: Installs Apache and a specified vhost
  • racktables::mysql: Installs MySQL and sets up an empty database
  • racktables::install: Pulls and installs RackTables from GitHub (or other specified source)
  • racktables::config: Handles the inc/secret.php file

####Private Classes

  • racktables::params: Default parameters



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