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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)

Installing NAPALM and integrating with Ansible

In this recipe, we outline how to install NAPALM and integrate it to work with Ansible. This task is mandatory since NAPALM Ansible modules are not part of the core modules that are shipped with Ansible by default. So, in order to start working with these modules, we need to install NAPALM and all of its Ansible modules. Then, we need to inform Ansible of where to find it and start working with the specific modules developed by the NAPALM team for Ansible.

Getting ready

Ansible and Python 3 need to be installed on the machine, along with the python3-pip package, which we will use to install NAPALM.