Hands-On Infrastructure Automation with Ansible [Video]

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Hands-On Infrastructure Automation with Ansible [Video]

Alan Hohn
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A practical course for beginners to Ansible. Learn to deploy applications the right way
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Video Details

ISBN 139781788991599
Course Length6 hours and 4 minutes

Video Description

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 https://github.com/PacktPublishing/Hands-on-Infrastructure-Automation-with-Ansible

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.

Table of Contents

What Ansible Can Do?
The Course Overview
Ansible Demo
DevOps and Immutable Infrastructure
Ansible As a Choice for DevOps
Ansible Install and Remote Management
Running Ansible Commands
Exploring Inventory and Playbook Usage
Ansible Inventory File
Introduction to Playbooks
Using Tasks and Handlers
Configuring Systems through the Inventory
Creating Inventory Groups
Controlling Playbook Runs
Applying Roles to Multiple Systems
Create and Use Roles
Applying Commonly Used Modules
Getting Roles from Ansible Galaxy
Using Role Handlers, Files, and Templates
Role Dependencies
Using the Template Library
Writing Out Files from a Template
Template Flow Control
Repeated Configuration Content
Using Defaults and Filters
Defining Reusable Blocks and Inheritance
Maintaining Roles and Templates with Variables
Using Variables for All Roles
Exploring Ansible Facts
Applying Variables to Groups and Hosts
Using Variables to Control Tasks
Registering Results in Variables
Using Lists and Dictionaries in Tasks
Storing Your Project Files in the Vault
Ansible Vault Purpose
Encrypt and Decrypt Files
Create Vault Password Files
Encrypting Files for Delivery
Building Custom Modules for Tasks
Ansible Module Structure
Module Arguments and Results
Module Idempotence
Module Check Mode and Module Testing
Module Documentation and Metadata
Using Ansible with Other Tools
Ansible Docker Connector
Ansible with Vagrant
Ansible and Vagrant Custom Variables
Ansible and Packer
Using Packer and Ansible to Build Docker Images

What You Will Learn

  • 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.

Authors

Table of Contents

What Ansible Can Do?
The Course Overview
Ansible Demo
DevOps and Immutable Infrastructure
Ansible As a Choice for DevOps
Ansible Install and Remote Management
Running Ansible Commands
Exploring Inventory and Playbook Usage
Ansible Inventory File
Introduction to Playbooks
Using Tasks and Handlers
Configuring Systems through the Inventory
Creating Inventory Groups
Controlling Playbook Runs
Applying Roles to Multiple Systems
Create and Use Roles
Applying Commonly Used Modules
Getting Roles from Ansible Galaxy
Using Role Handlers, Files, and Templates
Role Dependencies
Using the Template Library
Writing Out Files from a Template
Template Flow Control
Repeated Configuration Content
Using Defaults and Filters
Defining Reusable Blocks and Inheritance
Maintaining Roles and Templates with Variables
Using Variables for All Roles
Exploring Ansible Facts
Applying Variables to Groups and Hosts
Using Variables to Control Tasks
Registering Results in Variables
Using Lists and Dictionaries in Tasks
Storing Your Project Files in the Vault
Ansible Vault Purpose
Encrypt and Decrypt Files
Create Vault Password Files
Encrypting Files for Delivery
Building Custom Modules for Tasks
Ansible Module Structure
Module Arguments and Results
Module Idempotence
Module Check Mode and Module Testing
Module Documentation and Metadata
Using Ansible with Other Tools
Ansible Docker Connector
Ansible with Vagrant
Ansible and Vagrant Custom Variables
Ansible and Packer
Using Packer and Ansible to Build Docker Images

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ISBN 139781788991599
Course Length6 hours and 4 minutes
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