Formulas are collections of Salt States that have been pre-written by other Salt users and contain generic parameter fields. Formulas allow for reliable reproduction of a specific configuration. Formulas can be installed from RPM packages or an external git repository.
Formulas work best for large, non-trivial, configurations. For trivial tasks, use a state rather than a formula.
Formula data can be managed using the XMLRPC API.
Formulas and states both act as a kind of configuration documentation. When you have written and stored the configuration, they provide a snapshot of your infrastructure.
You can use the SUSE Manager Web UI to apply common SUSE Manager formulas. The most commonly used formulas are documented in this section.