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Puppet Errors With Version 3.0 and Passenger

I have set up a test Puppet server in work to manage server configurations. I’m using version 3.0.0 on a debian host with a Passenger frontend. This is the recommended method of doing it but it seems there is a bug in this setup that stops clients from connecting and requesting a certificate.

I was getting the following error

Info: Creating a new SSL key for client.puppet.example
Error: Could not request certificate: Error 400 on SERVER: header too long
Exiting; failed to retrieve certificate and waitforcert is disabled

I also wasn’t seeing any certificates being created on the puppet master server.

After reading the bug report, removing +ExportCertData from the SSLOptions section and restarting apache, I was able to join the clients to the server as expected.

Now it’s time to write some manifests and push the configuration out to my test servers.