Automate with Ansible: Part 1

Laxfed Paulacy
2 min readJan 6, 2023

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Cut the foreplay and automate your infrastructure with Ansible, bruh!

What is Ansible?

Ansible is a configuration management and orchestration tool. It allows you to define a set of configurations for your infrastructure, and then automate the process of deploying those configurations onto your servers.

With Ansible, you can easily automate tasks such as installing software, updating servers, and configuring applications. It is written in Python and uses YAML to describe configuration tasks. Ansible can be used to manage systems in a variety of environments, including on-premises servers, cloud environments, and local development environments.

Ansible uses a push-based model, meaning that you install Ansible on your local machine and use it to push configuration changes out to your servers. This is in contrast to a pull-based model, where servers would check in with a central server for configuration updates.

One of the key features of ansible is its simplicity. It uses an easy-to-learn language (YAML) to describe configuration tasks, and it has a simple, straightforward syntax. This makes it easy for even inexperienced users to get started with ansible and automate their infrastructure.

Ansible is highly extensible. You can write your own plugins and modules to extend its functionality, or you can use pre-existing plugins and modules that have been developed by the community. This allows you to tailor ansible to your specific needs and automate a wide range of tasks.

In addition to its simplicity and extensibility, ansible is also highly reliable. It uses an idempotent design, which means that you can run a task multiple times without causing any unintended changes. This makes it easy to deploy and manage your infrastructure with confidence.

Install Ansible with Pip

If you haven’t already, make sure you have python installed and running in a virtual environment.

With our venv setup, install ansible with pip:

pip install ansible

Next

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