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Hands-On Enterprise Automation with Python

By : Bassem Aly
Book Image

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)

Other useful features in Fabric

Fabric has other useful features, such as roles and context managers.

Fabric roles

Fabric can define roles for hosts, and run only the tasks to role members. For example, we might have a bunch of database servers on which we need to validate whether the MySql service is up, and other web servers on which we need to validate whether the Apache service is up. We can group these hosts into roles, and execute functions based on those roles:

__author__ = "Bassim Aly"
__EMAIL__ = "[email protected]"

from fabric.api import *

env.hosts = [
'', # ubuntu machine
'', # CentOS machine