Install and configure the Salt Master plugin¶
This topic explains how to install, configure, and upgrade the Salt Master plugin. The Salt Master plugin enables your masters to communicate with SaltStack Enterprise. The Salt Master plugin includes a variety of settings you can adjust to improve performance, which is particularly useful for large or busy environments. For more information about the Salt Master plugin and how it fits in SaltStack Enterprise architecture, see Salt Master(s) and the Salt Master plugin.
Typically, you install the Salt Master plugin on every Salt Master in your environment that will communicate with SaltStack Enterprise. For example, if you are using a configuration with more than one Salt Master (sometimes called a multi-master setup), each Salt Master needs to the Salt Master plugin.
For more information about updating performance-related settings, see the Salt Master Plugin topic in the SaltStack Enterprise Help Documentation embedded in the Enterprise Console. For help finding the documentation, see Finding Enterprise Documentation.
Installing and configuring the Salt Master plugin is one post-installation step in a series of several steps that should be followed in a specific order. First, complete one of the installation scenarios and then read the Install the license key post-installation topic.
When do you need to install the Salt Master plugin?¶
You need to install the Salt Master plugin on all of your Salt Masters after a fresh installation of SaltStack Enterprise. The Salt Master plugin is not necessary on Salt Masters that do not need to communicate with SaltStack Enterprise.
If you used the Single-node installation installation scenario, you do not need to install the Salt Master plugin on the node on which you installed SaltStack Enterprise and its related architecture. The installer automatically installs the Salt Master plugin on the Salt Master node. However, the Salt Master plugin is installed only on the Salt Master where you ran the installer. If you have multiple Salt Masters, you still need to install the Salt Master plugin on your other Salt Masters.
If you recently upgraded to a newer version of SaltStack Enterprise, you should also re-install the Salt Master plugin. For the full instructions on upgrading and installing the Salt Master plugin after an upgrade, see Upgrade from a previous version.
If you are manually installing SaltStack Enterprise (not recommended), you should complete the following before you install the Salt Master plugin:
- Install and configure the PostgreSQL database
- Install and configure the Redis database
- Enable SSL (optional)
Install the Salt Master plugin¶
To install the Salt Master plugin on your Salt Master:
Log in to your Salt Master.
If necessary, download the Salt Master plugin wheel. See Downloads.
Install the Salt Master plugin by manually installing the updated Python wheel. Use the following example commands, replacing the exact name of the wheel file:
Some users might need to alter the syntax to
pip36for their operating systems.
After installing the Salt Master plugin, proceed to the next section.
Configure the Salt Master plugin¶
To configure the Salt Master after installing the Salt Master plugin:
Log in to your Salt Master and verify the
/etc/salt/master.ddirectory exists, or create it.
Generate the master configuration settings.
If you want to preserve your settings when upgrading your installation, make a backup of your existing master plugin configuration file before running this step. Then copy relevant settings from your existing configuration to the newly generated file.
sudo sseapi-config --all > /etc/salt/master.d/raas.conf
If running this command causes an error, it might be related to the method you used when initially installing Salt. If you installed Salt through the all-in-one installer, your SaltStack Enterprise installation likely includes an offline packager, called the Salt Crystal, that requires special upgrade instructions. For more information, see Troubleshooting.
Edit the generated
raas.conffile and update the values as follows to validate the certificate the Enterprise API users and set its IP address.
Validates the certificate the Enterprise API uses. The default is
If you are using your own CA-issued certificates, set this value to
Trueand configure the
Otherwise, set this to
Falseto not validate the certificate.
HTTP IP address of your SaltStack Enterprise server, for example,
https://sse.some-enterprise.comif SSL is enabled.
OPTIONAL: To verify you can connect to SSL before connecting the Salt Master plugin, edit the generated
raas.conffile to update the following values. If you do not update these, the Salt Master plugin uses the default generated certificate.
The path to a CA file.
The path to the certificate. The default value is
The path to the certificate’s private key. The default value is
Comment this line out by adding a
#at the beginning. It is not required.
Restart the Salt Master.
sudo systemctl restart salt-master
OPTIONAL: You might want to run a test job to ensure the Salt Master plugin is now enabling communication between the Salt Master and the Enterprise API (RaaS) server.
salt -v '*' test.ping
Even if no activity shows, for example because no minions are connected, this is likely a sign of a correct configuration.
After installing and configuring the Salt Master plugin, you must complete additional post-installation steps. The next step is to log in to the Enterprise Console for the first time. To continue the post-installation process, see Log in for the first time and accept the master key.