If you have a puppet network in place you will want to use puppet-dashboard. It is a fairly new project and still has some misssing pieces but overall a good way to tell the health of your puppet network. The thing I really like about it is that you can see when the last check in time is for a client and if it had any errors or warnings during its runs so you can fix them.
The big issue is that out of the box its a bit hard to get running on Redhat/CentOS. No worries I spent some time to make it work and passing it on to you.
Install MySQL bindings for Ruby
Install git if needed
yum install git
I like to install non-rpmed apps in /opt so that is where I will clone the git project
git clone git://github.com/reductivelabs/puppet-dashboard.git
Now lets config the database. As of writing this, there is an error in the sample configs but one of the authors told me he was doing to fix them. It is in user and pass, they should be username and password
So here is my sample config
Here are the contents
development: adapter: mysql database: puppet_dash username: puppet password: master encoding: utf8 host: 192.168.100.5
report = true
cp /opt/puppet-dashboard/puppet/lib/puppet_dashboard.rb /usr/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/puppet/reports/
service puppetmaster restart
I also wrote a post on setting up a init.d script for puppet-dashboard