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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)

Simplifying Automation with AWX and Ansible

In all the previous chapters in this book, we have been using Ansible and, more specifically, Ansible Engine, and we have carried out different automation tasks using the command-line interface (CLI) options provided by Ansible. However, consuming Ansible in this approach at a large scale, and in an IT enterprise across multiple teams, can be challenging. This is why we will introduce the Ansible Web eXecutable (AWX) framework. AWX is an open source project, and it is the upstream project from which Red Hat Ansible Tower is derived.

AWX is a wrapper around Ansible Engine, and it provides extra features in order to simplify running Ansible at scale in an enterprise, across different teams. It provides multiple additional features, the following:

  • A graphical user interface (GUI)-based interface

AWX provides a visual dashboard to execute...