The Workshop:
System Management with Ansible

By Joe Ferguson

Ansible is an open-source IT automation tool used for configuring systems and deploying applications. Red Hat supports Ansible in the enterprise by offering support contracts and funding employees who contribute. Ansible communicates over SSH, so there is no need to install any extra software (such as PHP, Apache, NGINX, Redis, and others) on the remote systems. Ansible allows us to version control our infrastructure in YAML files and supports Jinja templates allowing flexibility in the configuration of services and applications. This month we’re going to review Ansible’s core concepts and start building our first playbook to begin our transition to infrastructure as code

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