Ansible Configuration Management by Daniel Hall

By Daniel Hall

Leverage the facility of Ansible to speedy configure your Linux infrastructure with ease


  • Starts with the simplest utilization of Ansible and builds on that
  • Shows easy methods to use Ansible to configure your Linux machines
  • Teaches easy methods to expand Ansible so as to add good points you need
  • Explains concepts for utilizing Ansible in huge, complicated environments

In Detail

Ansible presents a transparent and concise approach to deal with the configuration of your Linux infrastructure. it may possibly assist in making your infrastructure extra maintainable, faster to installation, and more uncomplicated to understand.

"Ansible Configuration administration" will take you out of your first actual command all of the solution to extending the very services of Ansible itself. It takes a realistic process with hands-on examples, which guarantees that the readers stroll away with the entire wisdom and talents they're going to have to harness Ansible.

"Ansible Configuration administration" starts off with a proof of the fundamentals and builds the reader’s wisdom via step by step guidelines.

The booklet concentrates on discussions with regards to real looking labored examples. utilizing this method we speak about the way to practice ad-hoc activities, script activities jointly to establish companies, and the way to script extra advanced initiatives. The dialogue includes onto clarification of establishing your configurations for big deployments and warps up with examples of ways to increase the services of Ansible.

"Ansible Configuration administration" presents the information you require to successfully deal with your platforms in an easy, speedy, and maintainable way.

What you are going to examine from this book

  • Configure your structures and prone with Ansible
  • Use Ansible command line instruments to interrogate systems
  • Script Ansible to accomplish a number of activities with one command
  • Build maintainable configurations for giant environments
  • Learn how and while to exploit complex positive factors of Ansible
  • Use a listing that's dynamically generated
  • Understand using Ansible roles to separate your configurations into logical parts
  • Extend the performance of Ansible via writing your individual module


"Ansible Configuration administration" is a step by step instructional that teaches using Ansible for configuring Linux machines.

Who this e-book is written for

This booklet is meant for someone trying to comprehend the fundamentals of Ansible. it's anticipated that you'll have a few event of the way to establish and configure Linux machines. In elements of the booklet we disguise configuration records of BIND, MySQL, and different Linux daemons, hence a operating wisdom of those will be beneficial yet are under no circumstances required.

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You can do this by simply using a YAML list on the notify action. py collectstatic -c –noinput - name: restart httpd action: service name=httpd state=restarted [ 21 ] Simple Playbooks You can see that the git module is used to check out some public GitHub code, and if that caused anything to change, it triggers the migrate db, generate static, and restart httpd actions. The playbook modules Using modules in playbooks is a little bit different from using them in the command line. This is mainly because we have many facts available from the previous modules and the setup module.

It also combines the files in the same order as the ls -1 command lists them. d, and prepend numbers to the files to ensure that they end up in the correct order. [ 28 ] Chapter 2 The add_host module The add_host module is one of the most powerful modules that is available in playbooks. add_host lets you dynamically add new machines inside a play. You can do this by using the uri module to get a host from your CMDB and then adding it to the current play. This module will also add your host to a group, dynamically creating that group if it does not already exist.

Includes allow you to split your plays into multiple sections. You can then include each section from other plays. This allows you to have several different parts built for a different purpose, all included in a main play. There are four types of includes, namely variable includes, playbook includes, task includes, and handler includes. Including variables from an external vars_file files has been discussed already in Chapter 2, Simple Playbooks. The following is a summary of what each includes does: • Variable includes: They allow you to put your variables in external YAML files • Playbook includes: They are used to include plays from other files in a s ingle play Larger Projects • Task includes: They let you put common tasks in other files and include them wherever required • Handler includes: They let you put all your handlers in the one place Task includes Task includes can be used when you have a lot of common tasks that will be repeated.

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