A SIMP module to manage Puppetlabs Bolt




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Version information

  • 0.1.1 (latest)
released Aug 27th 2019
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 2019.8.x, 2019.7.x, 2019.5.x, 2019.4.x, 2019.3.x, 2019.2.x, 2019.1.x, 2019.0.x, 2018.1.x
  • Puppet >= 5.5.10 < 7.0.0
  • CentOS

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Tags: simp, bolt


simp/simp_bolt — version 0.1.1 Aug 27th 2019

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| WARNING: This is currently an **EXPERIMENTAL** module. Things  |
| may change drastically, and in breaking ways, without notice!  |


This module manages Puppet Bolt. It installs and configures the necessary packages on systems specified as Bolt controllers and configures accounts as specified on both controllers and target systems to be managed with Bolt.

Bolt is an open source task runner developed by Puppet that permits automation on an as-needed basis. This means that all actions are initiated from the Bolt server, eliminating reliance upon remote agent software for task execution. More complex tasks can be implemented using Puppet modules, which does require the installation of an agent for executions, but all tasks are still initiated from the Bolt server.

See for more details.

This is a SIMP module

This module is a component of the System Integrity Management Platform, a compliance-management framework built on Puppet.

If you find any issues, they may be submitted to our bug tracker.

This module is optimally designed for use within a larger SIMP ecosystem, but it can be used independently:

  • When included within the SIMP ecosystem, security compliance settings will be managed from the Puppet server.
  • If used independently, all SIMP-managed security subsystems are disabled by default and must be explicitly opted into by administrators. Please review the parameters in simp/simp_options for details.


What simp_bolt affects

The simp_bolt module can create a local user account on target systems, simp_bolt by default, that has the ability to su to the root user on the system. Every effort has been taken to implement this as securely as possible by including options to manage user security settings.

Due to the potential to lock out the account, the root user is not permitted to be specified as the target user account. The target user can be restricted to only login via ssh from specified hosts and also limited to only one login session at a time for the execution of tasks. Multiple ssh keys can be specified for the target user to permit different user accounts on the controller to run bolt and provide a degree of attestation.

The target user's home directory defaults to /var/local/simp_bolt. This location is used for temporary files on the target systems. This can be configured to a different location if desired.

Bolt logs are written to /var/log/puppetlabs/bolt by default, and the directory structure will be created if necessary. This can also be configured to an alternate location.

By default, Bolt collects various analytics associated with a random UUID, non-identifiable user, details are available at Analytics data collection . The simp_bolt module overrides and disables this by default, but it can be re-enabled in Hiera.

The simp_bolt module optionally leverages the simp/pam and simp/sudo modules for implementation and will prompt for their installation if you attempt to use items that require them.

Beginning with simp_bolt

To configure a system as a Bolt controller, include simp_bolt and specify the system as a bolt_controller in Hiera.

simp_bolt::bolt_controller: true

To configure a system that will be managed by Bolt, simply include simp_bolt and specify the system as a bolt_target in Hiera.

simp_bolt::bolt_target: true

Additionally, either a password or SSH key must be specified for Bolt to SSH to remote systems. Both can be specified in Hiera. Passwords should be in passwd-compatible salted hash form.

simp_bolt::user::password: '$6$0BVLUF[...]16OtkdiY1'
simp_bolt::user::ssh_authorized_key: 'AAAAB3Nza[...]qXfdaQ=='


Once the simp_bolt module has been applied to a server and one or more target systems, Bolt is ready for use. All commands provided assume you have changed users to the appropriate account using su on the Bolt server system. Entering the command bolt by itself will display the help information.

To run a remote command, su to the bolt user and execute bolt command run <COMMAND> --nodes <NODE NAME(S)> --password --sudo-password. By omitting values for password and sudo-password from the command line, the user will be prompted to enter the password so it will not be displayed on the command line. Commands can be run on multiple nodes by specifying additional values, using commas to separate entries.

To view available modules, su to the bolt user and execute bolt puppetfile show-modules. Additional modules already on the system can be added by specifying the full path to their parent directory in Hiera:

simp_bolt::config::modulepath: /path/to/modules

To apply an existing manifest, su to the bolt user and execute bolt apply <manifest> --nodes <NODE NAME(S)> --password --sudo-password.


Please for refer to the online Bolt documentation for the most up to date documentation.


SIMP Puppet modules are generally intended for use on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and compatible distributions, such as CentOS. Please see the metadata.json file for the most up-to-date list of supported operating systems, Puppet versions, and module dependencies.


Please read our Contribution Guide.

Acceptance tests

This module includes Beaker acceptance tests using the SIMP Beaker Helpers. By default the tests use Vagrant with VirtualBox as a back-end; Vagrant and VirtualBox must both be installed to run these tests without modification. To execute the tests run the following:

bundle install
bundle exec rake beaker:suites

Please refer to the SIMP Beaker Helpers documentation for more information.