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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)

Launching a virtual machine

In order to launch a virtual machine to run our first set of Ansible commands against, we are going to use Vagrant.

Please note that these instructions may not work if you are running WSL.

Vagrant is a virtual machine manager developed by HashiCorp. It can manage both local and remote virtual machines, and supports hypervisors, such as VirtualBox, VMware, and Hyper-V.

To install Vagrant on macOS, we can use Homebrew along with cask. To install cask, run the following command:

$ brew install cask
VirtualBox is an open source hypervisor for x86-based computers. It is currently being developed by Oracle and supports both software- and hardware-based virtualization.

By default, Vagrant uses VirtualBox. Once cask is installed, you can use VirtualBox and Vagrant by running the following command:

$ brew cask install virtualbox vagrant

To install on Ubuntu...