Ansible Fundamentals LiveLessons

Video description

4 Hours of Video Instruction

4 hours of video to get you started using Ansible, focusing on key skills with multimedia tutorials that can be applied to real-world scenarios.

Ansible Fundamentals LiveLessons provides a quick introduction to Ansible for administrators and developers who want to get started in a fast and easy way without spending too much time on details. Since it was first released, Ansible has become one of the most used systems for configuration management. This course covers key fundamental topics, so you can get up and running quickly.

The course starts with an introduction to working with Ansible, including essential configuration to get you started as quickly as possible. You then learn about Ansible architecture and essential Ansible components, including playbooks, variables, task control, flow control, conditionals, and Jinja2 templates. Every lesson ends with a lab and lab solution, so you can see firsthand how to use Ansible in your own work.

This course can also be used as a secondary resource to get you started studying for the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Ansible Automation (exam 407).

Skill Level
Basic Linux skills required

Learn How To
* Get started with Ansible
* Understand Ansible architecture
* Work with playbooks
* Work with variables, inclusions, and task control
* Use flow control, conditionals, and Jinja2 templates

Who Should Take This Course
* IT professionals
* System administrators
* Developers
* Red Hat professionals

Course Requirements
To run the labs in this course, two virtual machines with a Linux installation are required. Using CentOS 7.3 or higher is recommended.

Lesson descriptions
Lesson 1 demonstrates how to get started with Ansible. Get up and running as fast as possible. Run some tasks using Ansible to understand what it is doing and how it is doing it.

Lesson 2 covers Ansible architecture and the different components that are typically involved in an Ansible environment. Understand how to run a successful Ansible deployment, and learn about modules, which are probably the most important parts of Ansible; they enable you to do anything in an Ansible environment.

Lesson 3 covers Ansible playbooks. A playbook contains the instructions that are needed to run tasks in an Ansible environment, and they are written in the YAML format. Get started with YAML and create and run playbooks.

Lesson 4 demonstrates how to work with variables, facts, and inclusions. All of these make Ansible more flexible. By using these different components, you can apply parameters in a flexible way even if the configuration might change.

Lesson 5 discusses more items that make Ansible such a flexible solution. Work with flow control in an Ansible environment, look at using conditionals, and create some templates. These items make it possible to easily apply host-specific parameters in configuration files and in a flexible way.

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Ansible Fundamentals LiveLessons: Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: Taking an Ansible Test-drive
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 1.1 Understanding the Benefits of Using Ansible
    3. 1.2 Installing Ansible
    4. 1.3 Managing Inventory
    5. 1.4 Creating the Ansible Config File
    6. 1.5 Running Ansible Ad-hoc Commands
    7. 1.6 Adding a Managed Host
    8. 1.7 Lesson 1 Lab: Running Ad-hoc Commands
    9. 1.8 Lesson 1 Lab Solution: Running Ad-hoc Commands
  3. Lesson 2: Understanding Ansible Architecture
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 2.1 Ansible Architecture Overview
    3. 2.2 Running Ansible Deployments
    4. 2.3 Working with Modules
    5. 2.4 Lesson 2 Lab: Exploring Ansible Modules
    6. 2.5 Lesson 2 Lab Solution: Exploring Ansible Modules
  4. Lesson 3: Working with Playbooks
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 3.1 Creating YAML Files
    3. 3.2 Creating Playbooks
    4. 3.3 Running Playbooks
    5. 3.4 Lesson 3 Labs: Working with Ansible Playbooks and Preparing OpenStack Hosts
    6. 3.5 Lesson 3 Lab 1 Solution: Working with Ansible Playbooks
    7. 3.6 Lesson 3 Lab 2 Solution: Preparing OpenStack Hosts
  5. Lesson 4: Working with Variables, Inclusions and Task Control
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 4.1 Working with Variables
    3. 4.2 Managing Host Variable and Group Variables
    4. 4.3 Using Facts
    5. 4.4 Using Inclusions
    6. 4.5 Lesson 4 Lab: Working with Variables, Inclusions, and Task Control
    7. 4.6 Lesson 4 Lab Solution: Working with Variables, Inclusions, and Task Control
  6. Lesson 5: Using Flow Control, Conditionals, and Jinja2 Templates
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 5.1 An Introduction to Flow Control
    3. 5.2 Working with Conditionals
    4. 5.3 Working with Jinja2 Templates
    5. 5.4 Lesson 5 Lab: Working with Jinja2 Templates
    6. 5.5 Lesson 5 Lab Solution: Working with Jinja2 Templates
  7. Summary
    1. Ansible Fundamentals LiveLessons: Summary

Product information

  • Title: Ansible Fundamentals LiveLessons
  • Author(s): Sander van Vugt
  • Release date: October 2017
  • Publisher(s): Addison-Wesley Professional
  • ISBN: 0134863879