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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)

Building the device configuration

NAPALM doesn't provide declarative modules to configure the various system parameters on the managed devices, such as interfaces' BGP, Quality of Service (QoS), and so on. However, it provides a common API to push text-based configuration to all the devices, so it requires the configuration for the devices to be present in text format in order to push the required configuration. In this recipe, we will create the configuration for all our devices. This is the configuration that we will push to our devices using NAPALM, in the next recipe.

Getting ready

As a prerequisite for this recipe, an Ansible inventory file must be present.