This online instructor led training course provides the knowledge and skills to utilize Ansible, an open-source software provisioning, configuration management, and application-deployment tool. In this course students will learn key topics including the Ansible vocabulary, installation, setting up the test environment, Ansible configuration hierarchy, playbook structure, mattermost deployment, conditionals and control flow, YAML basics, Ansible blocks and galaxy, Ansible tower, and more.

Course Instructor: Jesse Crawford

Course Outline

01. Introduction

  • The Course Overview
  • What Is Ansible?
  • Why Ansible?
  • Demonstration – From Bash to Ansible
  • Course Layout
  • Basic Ansible Vocabulary

02. Setting up the Learning Environment

  • Creating an Ansible Home Base
  • Installing Ansible
  • Bleeding-Edge Ansible Installation
  • Setting up our Test Environment
  • Target Machine Requirements

03. Jumping into Ansible

  • Ansible Configuration Hierarchy
  • Ansible Hosts Inventory File
  • Ad-Hoc Commands
  • Introduction to Playbooks
  • Playbook Structure
  • Introduction to Modules
  • Common Modules
  • Variables and Facts

04. A Real-World Playbook

  • Real-Life Playbook: Mattermost Deployment
  • Real-Life Playbook: Walkthrough

05. Loops, Blocks, Strategies, and Galaxies

  • Debugging and Troubleshooting
  • Conditionals and Control Flow
  • Templating, Control Flow, and Iteration in Jinja2
  • YAML Basics
  • Ansible Blocks
  • Performance and Execution Strategies
  • Ansible Galaxy
  • Security

06. Ansible in the Cloud

  • Ansible in the Cloud
  • Ansible AWS Demo
  • Ansible Tower

07. Templates

  • Types
  • Filters
  • Examples

Skills Learned

After completing this online training course, students will be able to:

  • What Ansible is
  • Ansible terminology
  • Installing Ansible
  • Setting up a test environment
  • Ansible configuration hierarchy
  • Playbook structure
  • Loops, blocks, strategies, and galaxies
  • Ansible in the Cloud
  • Templates