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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)

Integrating NetBox with Ansible

In this recipe, we will outline how to integrate Ansible and NetBox via the NetBox API. This integration is mandatory as it will allow us to populate the NetBox database through Ansible playbooks, as well as to use NetBox as our dynamic inventory source to create an Ansible inventory in later recipes.

Getting ready

NetBox should be installed as outlined in the previous recipe, and the IP needs to stretch between the Ansible control machine and the NetBox server. Ansible will communicate with NetBox over port 80, so this port needs to be open on the NetBox server.

How to do it...