Comprehensive Ansible Configuration and Administration

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ANS-104 (5 Days)
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Ansible Training Overview

Ansible is a powerful open-source engine for automating configuration management, software provisioning, and deploying applications. This Comprehensive Ansible training course teaches attendees Ansible basics including how to build playbooks, leverage modules, and configure roles. Students then take their skills to the next level with advanced topics including playbook construction, module utilization, and node management, and more. In addition, Ansible Tower is covered in detail. 

Location and Pricing

Accelebrate courses are taught as private, customized training for groups of 3 or more at your site. In addition, we offer live, private online training for teams who may be in multiple locations or wish to save on travel costs. To receive a customized proposal and price quote for private on-site or online training, please contact us.

Ansible Training Objectives

All students will:

  • Install and configure Ansible control-node and managed-node(s)
  • Create and run playbooks
  • Use standard Ansible modules
  • Create custom modules
  • Create and modify hosts (inventory) definitions
  • Create and use roles
  • Design a 'best practice' strategy for using Ansible capabilities
  • Explore Ansible Tower as a solution for graphically managing Ansible enterprise-wide
  • Configure Ansible control-node and managed-node(s)
  • Create and run playbooks
  • Use standard Ansible modules for cloud and database access
  • Create and implement dynamic inventory definitions
  • Configure roles for finer-grained permissions
  • Manage nodes across multiple machines and operating systems
  • Use the Ansible Tower to visually manage and monitor Ansible enterprise-wide

Ansible Training Outline

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Introduction
  • Software development (cycle) considerations
  • Strengths and weaknesses of Ansible
  • Ansible terminology
  • Ansible required environment setup
Initial Setup and Configuration
  • Ansible Core installation methods: rpm, pip, and Tower
  • Ansible component locations
  • Ansible documentation
  • Ansible configuration file
  • Inventory (hosts) file (Linux and Windows nodes)
  • Gathering system facts (methods)
  • Using system facts
Ansible Playbooks
  • Layout of playbook sections (directives, variable definitions, tasks, handlers, module modifiers)
  • Variable creation and usage
  • Using modules in playbooks
  • Controls: loops, conditionals, tags, notifications, plugins, filters, and lookups
  • Running as root
Ansible Modules
  • The layout of an Ansible module
  • Linux modules :  file, yum, systemd, cron, user, shell, filesystem
  • Using the Windows specific (win_) modules common Linux
Roles in Ansible
  • Overview of a role
  • Creating a role (structure)
  • Using (a) role(s)
  • Packaging up a role
  • Ansible Galaxy - capabilities and usage with roles
  • Git repo (role) repository (creation)
  • Local access of a Git repo role repository
  • Remote access of a Git repo role repository
Managed Nodes
  • Requirements for a Linux managed node
  • Inventory and access control information on the control node
  • Setup of a Linux managed node
  • Requirements for a Windows managed node
  • Setup of a Windows managed node
  • Inventory and access control information on the control node
Ansible Tower
  • Comparison of Ansible Tower and Ansible AWX
  • General layout of the Ansible Tower
Additional Setup and Configuration
  • Ansible Core installation methods: rpm,  pip, and Tower  (review)     
  • Dynamic inventory (hosts) file contents (Linux and Windows nodes)  
  • More parameter usage from the Ansible configuration file
  • Gathering system facts (methods explicit and fact caching)               
  • Understanding the hostvars dictionary (usage)
  • creating and using local system facts                                                     
Ansible Playbooks
  • All methods of variable creation and usage
  • Using modules in playbooks
  • Loop types, conditionals, tags, notifications, plugins, filters, and lookups
  • Review of all module modifiers
  • Writing a new plugin (lookup, filter)
Ansible Modules
  • Layout of an Ansible module (review)          
  • Special use Ansible modules
  • Using cloud access modules
  • Using modules for Oracle database access
  • Writing
Roles in Ansible
  • Overview of a role (review)                      
  • Creating a role (structure) (review)          
  • Using (a) role(s) (review)                         
  • Packaging up a role (review)                  
  • Ansible Galaxy - capabilities and usage with roles (review)    
  • Git repo (role) repository (creation) on a non-control node
  • Local access of a Git repo role repository
  • Remote access of a Git repo role repository
  • Importing role definitions
  • Role dependencies definitions and usage
Managed Nodes
  • Requirements for a Unix managed node
  • HP-UX managed node
  • Oracle Solaris 10  managed node
  • Oracle Solaris 11  managed node
  • IBM AIX managed node
Ansible Tower
  • Installation of Ansible Tower (review)                      
  • Create inventories with awx-manage     
  • Ansible Tower dynamic inventory
  • Combining projects with parameter definitions
  • Comparing manual and SCM projects
  • Watching and chaining (multi-) playbooks (workflows)
  • Interfacing with the Ansible Tower API
  • Installing and using the tower-cli utility
  • Ansible Core interface modules (to the Ansible Tower)
  • Backing up the Ansible Tower database
  • Updating the Ansible Tower
  • Introduction to Ansible Tower clusters
  • Ansible Tower virtualenvs
Conclusion
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Lecture percentage

50%

Lecture/Demo

Lab percentage

50%

Lab

Course Number:

ANS-104

Duration:

5 Days

Prerequisites:

It is assumed that participants are working systems administrators, developers, and/or testers with some very basic scripting knowledge (bash, ksh, Perl or Python) and have an understanding of fundamental system utilities/commands on Linux and Windows systems.

Training Materials:

All Ansible training students receive comprehensive courseware covering all topics in the course.

Software Requirements:

Each participant will be provided with a CentOS virtual machine for Ansible installation, resource definition writing, and application deployment. Depending upon the available resources on the host system, a second VM could be set up as the Ansible client. That system would also be used as a masterless Ansible configuration.

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