Rootconf 2015

DevOps and scaling infrastructure


SaltStack Fundamentals

Submitted by Pankaj Kaushal (@spo0nman) on Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Technical level: Intermediate


This will be a hands on Workshop.

Attendees will come away from this training with an understanding of the SaltStack core architecture and core modules, when to write custom execution modules, grains, and runners; how best to use the Salt Reactor, Salt Orchestrate, and more. Trainees will learn how to install SaltStack from scratch in both master / minion and masterless architectures, run commands, set up and manage systems, and orchestrate deployments.


During the course, I will give an introduction to using SaltStack for data center command and control, configuration management and infrastructure automation. Trainees will also successfully install and use SaltStack to orchestrate deploying a simple Web app on Apache.


Work experience as a systems administrator, DevOps engineer, or in some function of IT operations. Some familiarity with systems management tools and practices.

Speaker bio

I’ve been dealing with large scale for more than a decade. I’m a Systems Engineer at, where I work on creating and maintaining services that operate at web scale. Previously, I was the Master of Disaster at Even before that, I was a performance engineer at Yahoo!



  • Abhinav Modi (@abhinavm) 4 years ago

    Will you be covering automation / management on networking devices as well ?

  • Pankaj Kaushal (@spo0nman) Proposer Reviewer 4 years ago

    Hi Abhinav,
    Salt provides proxy minions for this. I’ve not really used this. but I can explore it and we could discuss it privately if you’re interested.

    I have managed to automate some fiber channel switches but not using proxy minions.

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