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Module for installing and managing VMWare vFabric Hyperic agent


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Version information

  • 0.1.1 (latest)
  • 0.1.0
released Nov 19th 2014
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 3.x
  • Puppet >=2.7.20 <4.0.0
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Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'spacepants-hyperic', '0.1.1'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add spacepants-hyperic
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install spacepants-hyperic --version 0.1.1

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spacepants/hyperic — version 0.1.1 Nov 19th 2014

Hyperic Puppet Module Build Status

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 hyperic
  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


Puppet module for installing, configuring, and managing VMWare's Hyperic OS & application monitoring agent from the official VMWare repository.

Module Description

This module manages the installation of the Hyperic agent and allows you to automatically deploy the latest version of the agent to your machines and configure the agent to report in to your server.

If you'd prefer, you can also disable the repo after the agent's been installed, or opt out of repo management altogether.

Note that you'll need your preferred distro of Java on the machine. While it isn't a direct dependency, the puppetlabs-java module works well for this purpose.


What hyperic affects

By default, this module will:

  • Create a hyperic user belonging to a vfabric group.
  • Install the appropriate rpm gpg key for the latest (5.3) vFabric version.
  • Set up the yum repository for vFabric 5.3.
  • Install the vFabric Hyperic agent.
  • Configure the and agent.scu files.
  • Set up and enable the Hyperic agent service.

Beginning with hyperic

You'll need your preferred distro of Java on the machine. While it isn't a direct dependency, the puppetlabs-java module works well for this purpose.

By default, the Hyperic installer encrypts the agent password on first startup. By preencrypting both the password value in and the key in agent.scu, we can ensure a stable value that puppet can manage. The included default parameters will set the password to its default of "hqadmin". To set this to the password for your server, you can either run

./bin/ set-property agent.setup.camPword your-password-here

which will encrypt the appropriate values in and agent.scu. Or you can just copy over values from one of your currently installed and configured machines.


This module includes a single class:

include 'hyperic'

You'll more than likely want to provide the appropriate values for your server including, as mentioned above, the encrypted password and key which you can do like so:

class { 'hyperic':
  server_ip      => '',
  server_login   => 'hq-username',
  server_enc_pw  => 'encrypted-password-here',
  server_enc_key => 'your-encrypted-key-here',

You'll probably also want to specify your $JAVA_HOME path, which you can do like so:

class { 'hyperic':
  java_home => '/your/path/to/jre'

You can specify which versions of vFabric or the Hyperic agent to install like so:

  class { 'hyperic':
  agent_version   => '',
  vfabric_version => '5.1',

You can specify a local mirror or alternative source of the repo like so:

  class { 'hyperic':
  repo_path => '',

To disable the repo once the agent's been installed, you can specify it like so: (Note that this will also change the package ensure parameter from 'latest' to 'present'.)

  class { 'hyperic':
  enable_repo => false,

To opt out of repo management altogether, you'd specify it like so:

  class { 'hyperic':
  manage_repo => false,

If your Hyperic setup is a beautiful, unique snowflake, you can customize pretty much any parameter in you need to like so:

class { 'hyperic':
  server_ip       => '',
  server_port     => '1234',
  server_secure   => 'no',
  server_ssl_port => '5678',
  server_login    => 'hq-username',
  server_enc_pw   => 'encrypted-password-here',
  server_enc_key  => 'your-encrypted-key-here',


This module uses stahnma's really nice rpm gpg key checker, which checks to see if the gpg key is already installed, and if not, installs it.


This module currently only works with vFabric version 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3 on RedHat and CentOS 5 and 6, and vFabric version 5 on RedHat and CentOS 5.


If you'd like to other features or anythign else, check out the contributing guidelines in