As infrastructure scales, simple tasks become increasingly difficult. For large infrastructures to be manageable, we use automation. But automation, like any power tool, comes with its own set of risks and challenges. Automation should be handled like production code, and great care should be exercised with power tools. This talk will cover how SaltStack is used at LinkedIn and offer tips and tricks for automating management with SaltStack at massive scale including a look at LinkedIn-inspired Salt features such as blacklist and prereq states. It will also cover Salt master and minion instrumentation and a compilation of how not to use Salt.