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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)

Setting Up the Network Lab Environment

We now have a fair idea of how to write and develop Python scripts, the building blocks to creating programs. We will now move on to understanding why automation is an important topic in today's network, and then we will build our network automation lab using one of the popular pieces of software, called EVE-NG, which helps us to virtualize network devices.

We will cover the following topics in this chapter:

  • When and why to automate the network
  • Screen scraping versus API automation
  • Why to use Python for network automation
  • The future of network automation
  • Lab setup
  • Getting ready: installing EVE-NG
  • Building an enterprise network topology