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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)

Populating devices in NetBox

In this recipe, we will outline how to create and populate network devices in NetBox. This will include declaring the device model and manufacturer, along with their role in our network. This will help us to build an accurate inventory of our network infrastructure, which we can use later on in the last recipe of this chapter to build a dynamic inventory for Ansible using NetBox.

Getting ready

The Ansible and NetBox integration should be in place and the sites should be defined and populated in NetBox, as outlined in the previous recipe. This is critical since when we start to populate devices in NetBox, we need to tie them to an existing site.