Sometimes it may be desired that the salt minion execute a state run when it is started. This alleviates the need for the master to initiate a state run on a new minion and can make provisioning much easier.
As of Salt 0.10.3 the minion config reads options that allow for states to be executed at startup. The options are startup_states, sls_list, and top_file.
The startup_states option can be passed one of a number of arguments to define how to execute states. The available options are:
sls_listoption and execute the named sls files
top_fileoption and execute states based on that top file on the Salt Master