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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

Automating Windows tasks with Ansible

A list of the Windows modules included with Ansible 4.3 is available at the following link, and it must be noted that, although you can use all the familiar Ansible constructs with Windows hosts such as varshandlers, and blocks, you must use Windows-specific modules when defining tasks. The introduction of collections means it is quite easy to locate them, and the collection is a great place to start. This contains all the Windows-specific modules you were used to using in Ansible 2.9 and earlier:

In this part of the chapter, we will run through a few simple examples of Windows playbooks to highlight a few of the things you need to know when writing playbooks for Windows.

Picking the right module

If you were running Ansible against a Linux server, and wanted to create a directory and then copy a file into it, you would use the...