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Creating users with Puppet.

It’s fairly simple to add system users with puppet to servers, however I had to do a little bit of googling to find some working examples so I will put it here for future reference.

I have only used this on RHEL

To add a user you just need to do;

user { "craig":
    ensure => present,
    home => "/home/craig",
    managehome => true,
    groups => "wheel",
    password => '$1$Ou68nHrs$wVIySKVIkoMhJEzCAoqpd/',

The password needs to be in md5 format, I used md5pass on my ubuntu desktop to generate the hashes, but you can use whichever method you prefer.

To add an authorized ssh key for a user, you just need to do the following;

The key looks like this;

ssh-rsa AAAAB3N............sdfESEaHARRr=

So the puppet format is;

ssh_authorized_key{ "":
    ensure => present,
    key => "AAAAB3N............sdfESEaHARRr=",
    type => ssh-rsa,
    user => craig,

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