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S. R. Smith, P. MembreyBeginning Ansible Concepts and Applicationhttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-8173-4_3

3. Choosing Your Targets

Shaun R Smith1   and Peter Membrey2
Hong Kong, New Territories, Hong Kong
Kowloon, Hong Kong

In the previous chapter, we created what we called a very simple inventory file, so you could be forgiven for thinking it isn’t all that important. Nothing could be further from the truth. The inventory file is pivotal to your Ansible journey, and mastering it is the key to effectively managing large, complex configurations of servers.

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