In the previous chapter, you learned how to create the infrastructure that is going to hold our applications. As we saw, the infrastructure automation is something that's new, and we used Terraform for it. The problem with Terraform is that it can only be used to build the infrastructure, but in order to provision the software, we need something different.
Through this chapter, we are going to dive deep into Ansible as, together with Puppet and Chef, it is the most predominant server provisioning tool in the market right now.
Here are the main topics that will be covered in this chapter:
- Server provisioning software
- Ansible configuration
- Ansible variables
- Remote facts
- Flow control
- Ansible roles
- Ansible tower
As you can see, it is quite an extensive chapter with many examples that will enable you to learn the most important features of Ansible.
One thing that you need to be aware while reading through this chapter is the fact...