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Mastering Ansible, 4th Edition - Fourth Edition

By : James Freeman, Jesse Keating
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Mastering Ansible, 4th Edition - Fourth Edition

By: James Freeman, Jesse Keating

Overview of this book

Ansible is a modern, YAML-based automation tool (built on top of Python, one of the world’s most popular programming languages) with a massive and ever-growing user base. Its popularity and Python underpinnings make it essential learning for all in the DevOps space. This fourth edition of Mastering Ansible provides complete coverage of Ansible automation, from the design and architecture of the tool and basic automation with playbooks to writing and debugging your own Python-based extensions. You'll learn how to build automation workflows with Ansible’s extensive built-in library of collections, modules, and plugins. You'll then look at extending the modules and plugins with Python-based code and even build your own collections — ultimately learning how to give back to the Ansible community. By the end of this Ansible book, you'll be confident in all aspects of Ansible automation, from the fundamentals of playbook design to getting under the hood and extending and adapting Ansible to solve new automation challenges.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Section 1: Ansible Overview and Fundamentals
Section 2: Writing and Troubleshooting Ansible Playbooks
Section 3: Orchestration with Ansible

Task, handler, variable, and playbook inclusion concepts

The first step to understanding how to efficiently organize an Ansible project structure is to master the concept of including files. The act of including files allows content to be defined in a topic-specific file that can be included in other files one or more times within a project. This inclusion feature supports the concept of Don't Repeat Yourself (DRY).

Including tasks

Task files are YAML Ain't Markup Language (YAML) files that define one or more tasks. These tasks are not directly tied to any particular play or playbook; they exist purely as a list of tasks. These files can be referenced by playbooks or other task files by way of the include operator. Now, you might expect the include operator to be a keyword of Ansible in its own right—however, this is not the case; it is actually a module just like ansible.builtin.debug. For...