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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)

Authenticating to your Azure account

In this recipe, we will outline how to create the credentials required to programmatically authenticate to our Azure account from Ansible. We will also learn how to secure those credentials using Ansible Vault. This step is required in order to be able to run any Ansible modules in the following recipes.

Getting ready

The Ansible controller must have internet access and the Ansible inventory must be set up as outlined in the previous recipe. The user performing these steps must have administrative access to the Azure portal to be able to create the required resources that will enable programmatic interaction with the Azure APIs.