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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)

Using Ansible in ad hoc mode

Ansible ad hoc mode is used when you need to execute simple operations on remote machines, without creating complex and persistent tasks. This is where a user usually starts when they first work on Ansible, before performing advanced tasks in a playbook.

Executing the ad-hoc command requires two things. First, you will need the host or group from the inventory file; secondly, you will need the Ansible module that you want to execute towards the target machine:

  1. First, let's define our hosts and add the CentOS and Ubuntu machines in a separate group:

centos-machine01 Ansible_ssh_host=

ubuntu-machine01 Ansible_ssh_host=