Managing Network Automation with Ansible


Course Number: ANS-106

Duration: 3 days (19.5 hours)

Format: Live, hands-on

Ansible Automation Training Overview

This live online or in-person Managing Network Automation with Ansible training course teaches attendees how to automate the control and configuration of network devices, including routers, firewalls, and other hardware. Students learn how to write and apply playbook definitions, the key part of Ansible that allows uniform control and management of network device environments (from Cisco, F5, and other vendors).

Location and Pricing

This course is taught as a private course in-person or online for teams of 3 or more. To receive a quote for online corporate training, please contact us.

Objectives

  • Configure an Ansible control-node and a network appliance managed-node
  • Network hardware-specific setup requirements
  • Play standard Ansible networking modules via ad hoc commands
  • Play standard Ansible networking modules via playbooks
  • Acquire network device information and perform configurations
  • Understand networking roles
  • Create, install, and access with the Ansible Galaxy

Prerequisites

All participants must be working systems and network administrators/developers/technicians with some scripting knowledge (bash, ksh, Perl, or Python) and an understanding of fundamental Linux system utilities and commands. Working knowledge of a vendor-specific network device is useful but not essential.

Outline

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Introduction
  • Software development (cycle) considerations
  • Ansible components and required environment setup
  • Running Ansible as root
  • Creating and using a common Ansible account
Initial Setup and Configuration
  • Review of Ansible Core installation methods: rpm, pip, and Tower
  • Ansible documentation
  • Ansible configuration file (locations and parameter definitions)
  • Inventory (hosts) file contents (Linux and networking nodes)
  • Inventory file required variable definitions for network device connections
  • Gathering system facts (methods)
Linux Managed Nodes
  • Resource requirements for a Linux managed node
  • Inventory and access control information on the control node
  • Ansible setup of a Linux managed node
  • Initial testing
Network Device Managed Nodes
  • Resource requirements for a network device managed node
  • Overview of EVE-NG setup for network device emulation
  • Using network_cli for the Ansible network connection (type)
  • Inventory and access control information on the control node
  • Initial testing
Ansible Modules
  • Layout and usage of an Ansible module
  • Sample Linux modules: file, yum, service, cron, user, shell
  • Sample networking modules: ios_command, ios_config, ios_facts
  • Networking modules usage and strategies
  • Special use Ansible modules
Ansible Playbooks
  • Layout of playbook sections : directives, variable definitions, tasks, handlers, module modifiers
  • Variable creation and usage
  • Using modules and modifiers) in playbooks
  • Controls: loops, conditionals, tags, notifications plugins, and filters
  • Protecting sensitive information with the Ansible Vault
  • Jinja 2 template usage
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) on a non-control node
  • Local access of a Git repo role repository
  • Remote access of a Git repo role repository
  • Importing role definitions
Conclusion

Training Materials:

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

Software Requirements:

Attendees will not need to install any software on their computer for this class. The class will be conducted in a remote environment that Accelebrate will provide; students will only need a local computer with a web browser and a stable Internet connection. Any recent version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome will be fine.



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