Agentless SaltStack
2020-02-04, 14:00–14:50, B.2.011

Using an automation system such as SaltStack is a great way to ensure that traditional servers and desktops are kept in a consistent state. Commonly run tasks such as software updates and system configuration can be done in a way that the results are always consistent. But what about network devices? Or devices where security restrictions prevent a Salt minion from running? The solution is the SaltStack Proxy minion system and Salt SSH.


Using an automation system such as SaltStack is a great way to ensure that traditional servers and desktops are kept in a consistent state. Commonly run tasks such as software updates and system configuration can be done in a way that the results are always consistent. But what about other devices that are commonly found in a typical infrastructure setup such as routers and switches? It would be great to be able to manage these devices in a similar automated fashion. This is where the Salt Proxy minions come in. Additionally there might be situations where having a Salt minion running on a server is not allowed or possible, for these situations there is the Salt SSH system.

The talk will include:

  • A brief introduction to SaltStack.
  • Using SaltStack via SSH.
  • A look at using Salt via Proxy Minions.
  • The future of Salt-SSH and the Heist project.