Automate with Ansible: Part 3

Laxfed Paulacy
3 min readJan 10


Use a playbook to automate all your apt updates and upgrades, bruh.



Ansible playbooks are a way to organize and automate the configuration and deployment of software using the Ansible automation tool. They are written in a simple and human-readable language called YAML, and they allow you to specify a series of tasks to be executed on one or more servers.

Each playbook consists of one or more “plays”, which are sets of tasks to be executed on a specific group of servers, called “hosts”. These plays are defined in the playbook file, and they specify which tasks should be executed and in which order. Each task is defined using an Ansible module, which is a pre-built unit of code that can be used to perform a specific type of action, such as installing a package, creating a file, or starting a service.

Ansible playbooks can be executed using the command-line tool ansible-playbook. When you run a playbook, Ansible will connect to the specified hosts, execute the tasks in the order they are defined, and report the results back to you.

Ansible playbooks can be used to perform a wide range of tasks, such as:

  • Installing and configuring software on servers
  • Setting up and configuring services
  • Managing users and permissions
  • Deploying applications
  • Creating and managing databases
  • Automating backups and disaster recovery

One of the main advantages of Ansible playbooks is their ability to be idempotent, meaning that they can be run multiple times without causing any unintended changes. This is achieved by using modules that are designed to check the current state of the system before making any changes. For example, if you use the apt module to install a package, it will check if the package is already installed before attempting to install it. If it is already installed, the task will be…



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