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  • Create a rapid reliable application deployment.
  • Structure your Ansible configuration for easy maintenance.
  • Manage multiple servers from a single Ansible environment with different and overlapping configuration
  • Perform advanced tasks simply with structured data.
  • Build custom Ansible roles and modules.
  • Easily edit variables in encrypted files, and seamlessly decrypt data.

Ansible is an infrastructure automation framework; other examples include Chef, Puppet, and SaltStack. While each framework offers its own unique features, Ansible has an advantage: simplicity. Ansible configuration uses simple, compact, and clean YAML files that are easy to understand and maintain. Ansible is agentless, which means Ansible itself doesn't need to be installed on target machines. At the same time, while Ansible is simple to learn, it is powerful and extensible, making it the perfect choice even for demanding tasks such as configuring an entire OpenStack cluster.

This video course will show you how to use Ansible to automate deployment so you can quickly and reliably run and upgrade your applications. You will learn how Infrastructure Automation results in cost reduction, productivity, availability, reliability, and performance. You will follow along step-by-step on a real Ansible deployment of dotCMS, an open-source Content Management System (CMS), which will deliver content to websites, intranets and mobile apps. You will gain real-world experience that will get you started quickly on your own deployments. This will include information on all of Ansible's core concepts and features, including playbooks, tasks, roles, templates, variables, and modules.

By the end of the course, you will be able to create and maintain Ansible playbooks, roles, and custom modules, enabling you to make full use of Ansible as part of a DevOps or automation strategy.

The code bundle for this video course is available at

Style and Approach

This video course uses the deployment of a real open-source content management system across multiple servers, including database installation and configuration, to illustrate Ansible concepts and capabilities.

  • Understand infrastructure automation and learn to decide what makes Ansible a good choice for your projects.
  • Get started with Ansible through playbooks and organize the automation of infrastructure tasks by building and using roles from Ansible Galaxy.
  • Explore variables and templates to make it easy to configure application deployments.
Course Length 6 hours 4 minutes
ISBN 9781788991599
Date Of Publication 26 Apr 2018


Alan Hohn

Alan Hohn is a Lockheed Martin Fellow who specializes in DevOps, microservice architecture, and agile. He is experienced at deploying and configuring GitLab CI and in helping teams take advantage of its ability to automate application builds, tests, and deployments. He has extensive experience teaching technical topics and loves to combine examples and explanation to make any technology clearer.