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Network Automation Cookbook

By : Karim Okasha
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Network Automation Cookbook

By: Karim Okasha

Overview of this book

Network Automation Cookbook is designed to help system administrators, network engineers, and infrastructure automation engineers to centrally manage switches, routers, and other devices in their organization's network. This book will help you gain hands-on experience in automating enterprise networks and take you through core network automation techniques using the latest version of Ansible and Python. With the help of practical recipes, you'll learn how to build a network infrastructure that can be easily managed and updated as it scales through a large number of devices. You'll also cover topics related to security automation and get to grips with essential techniques to maintain network robustness. As you make progress, the book will show you how to automate networks on public cloud providers such as AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Azure. Finally, you will get up and running with Ansible 2.9 and discover troubleshooting techniques and network automation best practices. By the end of this book, you'll be able to use Ansible to automate modern network devices and integrate third-party tools such as NAPALM, NetBox, and Batfish easily to build robust network automation solutions.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)

Using Ansible Roles

Ansible Roles promotes code reusability and provides a simple method for packaging Ansible code in a simple way that can be shared and consumed. An Ansible role is a collection of all the required Ansible tasks, handlers, and Jinja2 templates that are packaged together in a specific structure. A role should be designed in order to deliver a specific function/task. In this recipe, we will outline how to create an Ansible role and how to use it in our playbooks.

How to do it...

  1. Inside the ch1_ansible folder, create a new folder called roles and create a new role called basic_config, as shown here:
$ mkdir roles
$ cd roles
$ ansible-galaxy init basic_config
  1. Update the basic_config/vars/main.yml file with...