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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)

Managing users in Ansible

Now, we will discuss how to manage users in different systems.

Linux systems

Ansible provides powerful user management modules to manage different tasks on a system. We have a chapter dedicated to discussing Ansible (Chapter 13, Ansible for System Administration), but in this chapter, we will explore its power for managing user accounts across a company's infrastructure.

Sometimes, companies allow root access to all users, to get rid of the headache of user management; this is not a good solution in terms of security and auditing. It's the best practice to give the right permissions to the right users, and to revoke them once users leave the company.

Ansible provides an unmatched way to...