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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 playbook to manage instances

In the last part of VMware automation, we will utilize the Ansible tool to administrate the VMware infrastructure. Ansible ships with more than 20 VMware modules (, which can execute many tasks such as managing data centers, clusters, and virtual machines. In older Ansible versions, Ansible used the pysphere module (which is not official; the author of the module has not maintained it since 2013) to automate the tasks. However, the newer version now supports the pyvmomi bindings.

Ansible also supports the VMware SDN product (NSX). Ansible Tower can be accessed from VMware vRealize Automation (vRA), which allows for complete workflow integration between different tools.

The following is the Ansible Playbook:

- name: Provision New VM
hosts: localhost