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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)

Preparing a Lab Environment

In this chapter, we will set a lab up by using two popular Linux distributions: CentOS and Ubuntu. CentOS is a community-driven Linux operating system that targets enterprise servers, and it's known for its compatibility with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Ubuntu is another Linux distribution that is based on the famous Debian operating system; it's currently developed by Canonical Ltd., which provides it with commercial support.

We will also learn how to install both Linux distributions with a free and open software called Cobbler, which will automatically boot the server with a Linux image and customize it using the kickstart for CentOS and Anaconda for Debian-based system.

The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • Getting the Linux operating system
  • Creating an automation machine on a hypervisor
  • Getting started with Cobbler...