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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)

Ansible for System Administration

In this chapter, we will explore one of the popular automation frameworks used by thousands of network and system engineers called Ansible, Ansible is used to administrate servers and network devices over multiple transport protocols such as SSH, Netconf, and API in order to deliver a reliable infrastructure.

We will start first by learning the terminologies used in ansible, how to construct an inventory file that contains the infrastructure access details, Building a robust Ansible playbook using features like conditions, loops, and template rendering.

Ansible belongs to the configuration management class of software; it is used to manage the configuration life cycle on multiple different devices and servers, making sure that the same steps are applied on all of them and help to create Infrastructure as a code (IaaC) environment.

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