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Learn Ansible

By : Russ McKendrick
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Learn Ansible

By: Russ McKendrick

Overview of this book

Ansible has grown from a small, open source orchestration tool to a full-blown orchestration and configuration management tool owned by Red Hat. Its powerful core modules cover a wide range of infrastructures, including on-premises systems and public clouds, operating systems, devices, and services—meaning it can be used to manage pretty much your entire end-to-end environment. Trends and surveys say that Ansible is the first choice of tool among system administrators as it is so easy to use. This end-to-end, practical guide will take you on a learning curve from beginner to pro. You'll start by installing and configuring the Ansible to perform various automation tasks. Then, we'll dive deep into the various facets of infrastructure, such as cloud, compute and network infrastructure along with security. By the end of this book, you'll have an end-to-end understanding of Ansible and how you can apply it to your own environments.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)

Installing a web server

One of the first things we did when we had our Linux host up-and-running was to install a web server, so let's look at repeating that process by installing and enabling Internet Information Services (IIS) on our Windows host.

IIS is the default web server that ships with Windows Server, and it supports the following protocols: HTTP, HTTPS, and HTTP/2, as well as FTP, FTPS, SMTP, and NNTP. It was first released 22 years ago as part of Windows NT.

Like all of the playbooks we have covered so far, let's create the basic skeleton by running the following commands:

$ mkdir web web/group_vars web/roles
$ touch web/production web/site.yml web/group_vars/common.yml

Now we can make a start on writing our playbook.

IIS role