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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)

Interacting with a network device

As already mentioned at the start of the chapter, we are going to use Vagrant to launch a network device, and then run a playbook to apply a basic configuration. The device we will be launching is a VyOS. While the device will be a full VyOS installation, we will be applying only a test configuration to give you an idea of how the modules we mentioned in the previous section can be used.

There is a full copy of this playbook in the GitHub repository that accompanies this title.

Launching the network device

To do this, we are going to use a VyOS Vagrant box. If you are following along, we first need to create a folder called vyos. This will hold our playbook and Vagrantfile. To create the folder...