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mcollective (21) Versions 0.14.3

Provides the MCollective orchestration framework.

cookbook 'mcollective', '= 0.14.3', :supermarket
cookbook 'mcollective', '= 0.14.3'
knife supermarket install mcollective
knife supermarket download mcollective
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the Marionette Collective
orchestration framework.


This cookbook has been tested on Centos 5.6 and 6.3, and Ubuntu 10.04
and 12.04. It should work without alteration on all recent Debian,
Ubuntu, Fedora, and RHEL-family distributions


MCollective requires a message broker. It is most commonly used with
the STOMP protocol and ActiveMQ. A connector for RabbitMQ is also
included with MCollective.

Refer to the
"Getting Started documentation"
on the Puppet Labs site for details about the required configuration.

Cookbook Dependencies

  • apt
  • yum
  • chef_handler

The chef_handler LWRP is used to install a report handler (::server only)

The apt_repository and yum_repository LWRPs are optionally used to configure
the puppetlabs repository for installing packages.


Refer to attributes/default.rb in the cookbook directory for details
of all available attributes.

  • node['mcollective']['users'] - Array of usernames to add to the "mcollective" group.
  • node['mcollective'][install_chef_handler?] - Installs a Chef handler exposing data about the node to mcollective.
  • node['mcollective'][install_chef_agent?] - Installs an mcollective agent to control chef-client/chef-solo. You'll need this to be installed on both client and server machines to be useful.

Frequently Used Settings

You may want to set mcollective['package']['version'] to ensure
your nodes all use the same version of MCollective.

Set mcollective['securityprovider'] to choose which security plugin
to use. If you're using the default ("psk"), you will probably want
to change the shared key by setting mcollective['psk'].

You will need to provide connection details for your STOMP service
(used by the "stomp" and "activemq" connectors) in mcollective['stomp']


Configure the connection details using the mcollective['stomp']
attributes - I do this in an environment or role.

Add recipe[mcollective::server'] to the run_list on nodes that
should run the MCollective daemon, and recipe[mcollective::client]
on nodes that should have the client tools. The default recipe
includes both.

When Chef runs, a handler updates MCollective's "class list" with the
roles and recipes used during the run, and its "fact list" with data
from Ohai.


MCollective Plugins and Configuration

To install and configure additional plugins without changing this
cookbook, install the plugin and DDL to the appropriate subdirectory
of mcollective['site_plugins'], and create a plugin configuration
file in the mcollective['plugin_conf'] directory.


This cookbook installs the MCollective packages using the repositories
provided by PuppetLabs. If you have a local mirror of the required
packages, setting node['mcollective']['enable_puppetlabs_repo'] to
false will skip installation of the repositories.

If you have more extensive customisation requirements, you can supply
your own installation recipes using the
node['mcollective'][recipes'] attributes.


  • Updates to common configuration should restart the server (but only if it is configured on the node)
  • Tests


Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
limitations under the License.

Dependent cookbooks

chef_handler >= 1.0.4
apt >= 0.0.0
yum >= 0.0.0

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There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.

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