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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

Minimizing disruptions

During deployment, there are often tasks that can be considered disruptive or destructive. These tasks may include restarting services, performing database migrations, and so on. Disruptive tasks should be clustered together to minimize the overall impact on an application, while destructive tasks should only be performed once. The next two subsections explore how you can meet both these targets using Ansible.

Delaying a disruption

Restarting services for a new configuration or code version is a very common requirement. When viewed in isolation, a single service can be restarted whenever the code and configuration for the application have changed, without concern for the overall distributed system health. Typically, a distributed system will have roles for each part of the system, and each role will essentially operate in isolation on the hosts targeted to perform those roles. When deploying an application for the first time, there is...