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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

Setting up Windows hosts for Ansible control using OpenSSH

Microsoft has made great strides in supporting and embracing the open source community, and has added a number of popular open source packages to their OSes. One of the most notable as far as Ansible automation is concerned is the venerable and incredibly popular OpenSSH package, which comes in both client and server flavors.

Support for automating tasks on Windows using SSH as the transport rather than WinRM was added in Ansible 2.8 – however, it should be noted that there are many warnings about this support in the official Ansible documentation – support is described as experimental, and users are warned that things might change in the future in a way that is not backward compatible. In addition, developers expect to uncover more bugs as they continue their testing.

For these reasons, we have put a lot of effort into describing the setup of WinRM for automating Windows hosts with Ansible. Nonetheless...