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Hands-On Enterprise Automation with Python

By : Bassem Aly
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Hands-On Enterprise Automation with Python

By: Bassem Aly

Overview of this book

Hands-On Enterprise Automation with Python starts by covering the set up of a Python environment to perform automation tasks, as well as the modules, libraries, and tools you will be using. We’ll explore examples of network automation tasks using simple Python programs and Ansible. Next, we will walk you through automating administration tasks with Python Fabric, where you will learn to perform server configuration and administration, along with system administration tasks such as user management, database management, and process management. As you progress through this book, you’ll automate several testing services with Python scripts and perform automation tasks on virtual machines and cloud infrastructure with Python. In the concluding chapters, you will cover Python-based offensive security tools and learn how to automate your security tasks. By the end of this book, you will have mastered the skills of automating several system administration tasks with Python.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)

Setting Up Our Python Environment

In this chapter, we will provide a brief introduction to the Python programming language and the differences between the current versions. Python ships in two active versions, and making a decision on which one to use during development is important. In this chapter, we will download and install Python binaries into the operating system.

At the end of the chapter, we will install one of the most advanced Integrated Development Editors (IDEs) used by professional developers around the world: PyCharm. PyCharm provides smart code completion, code inspections, on-the-fly error highlighting and quick fixes, automated code refactoring, and rich navigation capabilities, which we will go over throughout this book, as we write and develop Python code.

The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • An introduction to Python
  • Installing the PyCharm IDE
  • Exploring some nifty PyCharm features