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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)

Configuring fact caching in Ansible

In this recipe, we will outline how to set up and configure fact caching in Ansible. This is an important feature that can help us in optimizing and speeding the execution time of our playbooks when we require facts to be collected from our infrastructure.

How to do it...

  1. Update the ansible.cfg file to enable fact caching, and set up the required folder to store the cache:
< --- Output Omitted for brevity -->
  1. Create a new pb_get_facts.yml playbook to collect facts from the network using different approaches:
- name: Collect Network Facts
hosts: all
- name: Collect Facts Using Built-in Fact Modules