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Mastering Python Networking - Third Edition

By : Eric Chou
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Mastering Python Networking - Third Edition

By: Eric Chou

Overview of this book

Networks in your infrastructure set the foundation for how your application can be deployed, maintained, and serviced. Python is the ideal language for network engineers to explore tools that were previously available to systems engineers and application developers. In Mastering Python Networking, Third edition, you’ll embark on a Python-based journey to transition from traditional network engineers to network developers ready for the next-generation of networks. This new edition is completely revised and updated to work with Python 3. In addition to new chapters on network data analysis with ELK stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana, and Beats) and Azure Cloud Networking, it includes updates on using newer libraries such as pyATS and Nornir, as well as Ansible 2.8. Each chapter is updated with the latest libraries with working examples to ensure compatibility and understanding of the concepts. Starting with a basic overview of Python, the book teaches you how it can interact with both legacy and API-enabled network devices. You will learn to leverage high-level Python packages and frameworks to perform network automation tasks, monitoring, management, and enhanced network security followed by Azure and AWS Cloud networking. Finally, you will use Jenkins for continuous integration as well as testing tools to verify your network.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
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The Ansible Vault

As you can see from the previous section, in most cases, the Ansible variable provides sensitive information, such as a username and password. It would be a good idea to put some security measures around the variables so that we can safeguard against them. The Ansible Vault ( provides encryption for files so they do not appear in plaintext.

All Ansible Vault functions start with the ansible-vault command. You can manually create an encrypted file via the create option. You will be asked to enter a password. If you try to view the file, you will find that the file is not in clear text. If you have downloaded the book example, the password I used was just the word password:

$ ansible-vault create secret.yml
Vault password: <password>
$ cat secret.yml
$ANSIBLE_VAULT;1.1;AES256 336564626462373962326635326361323639323635353630646665656430353261383737623