Deploying Using SaltStack

Learn how to deploy and manage patches for your Linux servers using with the SaltStack module from the official repository. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process and highlight the benefits of automated patch management.

Introduction to is a powerful patch management platform designed to streamline and automate the process of keeping Linux servers up-to-date with the latest security patches and updates. Efficient patch management is crucial for maintaining server security, performance, and compliance with industry standards.

This guide focuses on deploying using the SaltStack module, available at the LinuxPatch SaltStack GitHub repository. SaltStack is a robust configuration management tool that simplifies the automation of server management tasks, including patch deployment.

Benefits of Using

Using offers several advantages:

  • Automated Patch Deployment: Automate the process of downloading and applying patches, reducing manual intervention and human error.
  • Improved Security: Ensure that all servers are up-to-date with the latest security patches, protecting against vulnerabilities.
  • Centralized Management: Manage patches for multiple servers from a single dashboard, making it easier to maintain consistency across your infrastructure.
  • Compliance: Meet compliance requirements by ensuring that servers are regularly updated with the latest patches.
  • Reporting: Generate reports on patch status and compliance, providing visibility into your patch management efforts.


Before you begin, ensure that you have the following:

Setting Up the SaltStack Environment

To start, you'll need to set up your SaltStack environment. Follow these steps:

1. Install SaltStack

Install SaltStack on both your master and minion servers. Use the following commands for your respective operating systems:

For Ubuntu/Debian:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install salt-master salt-minion

For CentOS/RHEL:

sudo yum install epel-release
sudo yum install salt-master salt-minion

2. Configure SaltStack

Edit the SaltStack configuration files to specify the master server:

sudo nano /etc/salt/minion

Set the master to the IP address or hostname of your Salt master:


Restart the Salt minion service:

sudo systemctl restart salt-minion

Deploying Using SaltStack

With your SaltStack environment set up, you can now deploy the LinuxPatch SaltStack module. Follow these steps:

1. Clone the Repository

Clone the LinuxPatch SaltStack repository to your Salt master:

git clone /srv/salt/linuxpatch

2. Configure the LinuxPatch Module

Edit the configuration files to specify your credentials and preferences:

sudo nano /srv/salt/linuxpatch/config.yaml

Update the configuration with your API key and other relevant settings:

api_key: "your-linuxpatch-api-key"
server_url: ""

3. Apply the Salt State

Run the following command to apply the LinuxPatch state to your minions:

sudo salt '*' state.apply linuxpatch

This command deploys the LinuxPatch agent to your minions and starts the patch management process.

Use Cases for Patch Management

Patching is critical in various scenarios:

1. Security Vulnerabilities

Patching addresses known security vulnerabilities, protecting your systems from potential attacks. Regular updates ensure that you are not exposed to exploits targeting outdated software.

2. Performance Improvements

Patches often include performance enhancements that can improve the efficiency and stability of your servers. Keeping your software up-to-date ensures optimal performance.

3. Compliance Requirements

Many industries have compliance standards that mandate regular patching to protect sensitive data. Using a tool like helps meet these requirements effortlessly.

4. Bug Fixes

Patches also address bugs that could cause system crashes or other issues. Regular updates help maintain the reliability of your infrastructure.


Deploying and managing patches for your Linux servers is made easy with and SaltStack. By following this guide, you can automate the patch management process, ensuring that your servers are secure, compliant, and performing at their best.

Don't wait until a security breach occurs. Start managing your patches efficiently today with, your trusted patch management platform for Linux servers.