Install Rudder agent on Debian or Ubuntu

If you are working on a test system, you can use the quick install script:

curl https://www.rudder-project.org/tools/rudder-setup | bash -s setup-agent 5.0 [policy server hostname or ip]

That will automatically execute the following steps.

Dependencies

The Rudder agent requires that a syslog server is installed on the node. This syslog server can be either:

  • syslogd

  • syslog-ng

  • rsyslog

One of them is generally installed by default, but it may not be the case with minimal images. In this case you should install one (preferably syslog-ng or rsyslog).

Installation

Each official package is signed with our GPG signature. To ensure the packages you will install are official builds and have not been altered, import our key into apt using the following command:

wget --quiet -O- "https://repository.rudder.io/apt/rudder_apt_key.pub" | sudo apt-key add -

Our key fingerprint is:

pub  4096R/474A19E8 2011-12-15 Rudder Project (release key) <security@rudder-project.org>
      Key fingerprint = 7C16 9817 7904 212D D58C  B4D1 9322 C330 474A 19E8

Add Rudder’s package repository:

echo "deb http://repository.rudder.io/apt/5.0/ $(lsb_release -cs) main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/rudder.list

Update your local package database to retrieve the list of packages available on our repository:

apt-get update

Install the package:

apt-get install rudder-agent

Configuration

Configure the agent

Configure the IP address or hostname of the Rudder Root Server in the following file

echo '<rudder server ip or hostname>' > /var/rudder/cfengine-community/policy_server.dat

We advise you to use the IP address of the Rudder root server. The DNS name of this server can also be used if you have a trusted DNS infrastructure with proper reverse resolutions.

You can now start the Rudder service with:

rudder agent start

Add the node to the server

Several minutes after the start of the agent, the new node should be pending in the Rudder web interface. You will be able to browse its inventory, and accept it to manage its configuration with Rudder.

You may force the agent to run and send an inventory by issuing the following command:

rudder agent inventory

You may force the agent run by issuing the following command:

rudder agent run