Getting started with Ansible

Ansible is a powerful tool for automating the configuration and management of servers and infrastructure. In this blog post, we’ll go over the basics of how to get started working with Ansible, including how to install it, how to create and run a simple playbook, and how to organize and manage your playbook files.

First, let’s talk about installation. Ansible is a Python-based tool, so you’ll need to have Python installed on your system in order to use it. The easiest way to install Ansible is to use a package manager like pip:

pip install ansible

Once Ansible is installed, you’ll be able to run Ansible commands from the command line. Before you can start using Ansible to manage your servers, you’ll need to create an inventory file. This file is a simple text file that lists the servers that Ansible should manage, along with their IP addresses or hostnames. Here’s an example of what an inventory file might look like:



The above example defines two groups of servers, “web” and “db”, each with one or more servers.

Now that we have our inventory file, we can create a simple Ansible playbook to run a command on all the servers in the “web” group. A playbook is a YAML file that defines a list of tasks that Ansible should run. Here’s an example of a simple playbook that runs the “uptime” command on all servers in the “web” group:

- name: Run uptime on web servers
  hosts: web
  - name: Get uptime
    shell: uptime

The above playbook defines a single task that runs the “uptime” command on all servers in the “web” group. To run this playbook, we can use the ansible-playbook command:

ansible-playbook -i inventory.txt uptime.yml

This will run the playbook on the servers specified in the inventory file.

You can also use ansible-vault to encrypt sensitive files like passwords, keys and other sensitive information.

That’s just a basic example of how to get started working with Ansible. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can start using Ansible to automate more complex tasks, like configuring web servers or deploying applications.

With Ansible, you can automate repetitive tasks, deploy software, and manage your infrastructure with ease. It is a reliable tool for automation and you can use it for various purposes.

In this post, we have covered the basic steps to install Ansible, creating inventory and playbooks. With this knowledge, you can start experimenting with Ansible and automate your IT operations.