3.4.2. Installing SIMP From A Repository

Using the official SIMP YUM repositories is the simplest method for getting up and running with SIMP on an existing infrastructure. If you are using a virtual infrastructure, such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, or your own internal VM stack, this is the method that you will want to use.

Note

This method does not modify your system’s partitioning scheme or encryption scheme to meet any regulatory policies. If you want an example of what that should look like see the Kickstart files in the simp-core Git repository.

3.4.2.1. Enable EPEL

Note

RHEL systems will need to enable the EPEL Repositories manually.

$ sudo yum install epel-release -y
$ sudo yum install pygpgme yum-utils -y

3.4.2.2. Install The SIMP-Project Repositories

Add the following to /etc/yum.repos.d/simp-project.repo, replacing 6 with the appropriate version of SIMP. If the repo file does not exist, create it. The repo file contents for SIMP 6.X is shown below.

If you don’t know what versions map together, please see the SIMP Version Guide.

Important

RHEL Users should replace $releasever below with the actual release version.

This would be 7 for RHEL 7 and 6 for RHEL 6

Warning

The whitespace and alignment shown before the additional gpgkey values must be preserved

[simp-project_6_X]
name=simp-project_6_X
baseurl=https://packagecloud.io/simp-project/6_X/el/$releasever/$basearch
gpgcheck=1
enabled=1
gpgkey=https://raw.githubusercontent.com/NationalSecurityAgency/SIMP/master/GPGKEYS/RPM-GPG-KEY-SIMP
       https://download.simp-project.com/simp/GPGKEYS/RPM-GPG-KEY-SIMP-6
sslverify=1
sslcacert=/etc/pki/tls/certs/ca-bundle.crt
metadata_expire=300

[simp-project_6_X_dependencies]
name=simp-project_6_X_dependencies
baseurl=https://packagecloud.io/simp-project/6_X_Dependencies/el/$releasever/$basearch
gpgcheck=1
enabled=1
gpgkey=https://raw.githubusercontent.com/NationalSecurityAgency/SIMP/master/GPGKEYS/RPM-GPG-KEY-SIMP
       https://download.simp-project.com/simp/GPGKEYS/RPM-GPG-KEY-SIMP-6
       https://yum.puppet.com/RPM-GPG-KEY-puppetlabs
       https://yum.puppet.com/RPM-GPG-KEY-puppet
       https://apt.postgresql.org/pub/repos/yum/RPM-GPG-KEY-PGDG-96
       https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/RPM-GPG-KEY-EPEL-$releasever
sslverify=1
sslcacert=/etc/pki/tls/certs/ca-bundle.crt
metadata_expire=300

3.4.2.3. Rebuild The Yum Cache

$ sudo yum makecache

3.4.2.4. Install the SIMP Server

Install the puppetserver package as follows:

$ sudo yum install -y puppetserver

Install the core SIMP packages as follows:

$ sudo yum install -y simp

The simp RPM installs the SIMP core Puppet modules and other critical SIMP assets such as its environment skeleton, custom SELinux policy, CLI, and utilities.

  • The Puppet modules are installed into /usr/share/simp and do not affect any existing Puppet environment. Other steps in the SIMP server setup will deploy the modules into a Puppet environment.

SIMP also provides a large number of ‘extra’ Puppet module packages that you can install as needed (pupmod-simp-gnome, pupmod-simp-nfs, etc.). You can discover what extra modules are available by searching for pupmod via yum. Alternatively, you can install all of the extra Puppet modules into /usr/share/simp by simply running sudo yum install -y simp-extras.

3.4.2.5. Next Steps

Now that your system has been installed, you should proceed to Initial SIMP Server Configuration to complete the initial setup.