Automation with Ansible and Ansible Tower

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Automation with Ansible and Ansible Tower (DO410) is designed for IT professionals who want to develop standardized automation of the enterprise IT environment in order to improve operational efficiency by using Ansible. You will learn how to use Ansible for automation, configuration, provisioning, and management, and how to use Red Hat®Ansible Tower to centrally manage Ansible at an enterprise scale. This course combines the content from Automation with Ansible (DO407) and Automation with Ansible II: Ansible Tower (DO409).

This course is based on Ansible 2.3, Ansible Tower 3.1, and Red Hat®Enterprise Linux® 7.3.

Describe the terminology and architecture of Ansible.

Configure Ansible and run ad hoc commands.

Write Ansible plays and execute a playbook.

Describe variable scope and precedence, manage variables and facts in a play, and manage inclusions.

Manage task control, handlers, and tags in Ansible playbooks.

Employ a Jinja2 template.

Create and manage roles.

Learn and replicate how Ansible executes plays and tasks using host patterns, delegation, and parallelism.

Manage encryption with Ansible Vault.

Troubleshoot the Ansible control machine and managed nodes.

Explain what Ansible Tower is and demonstrate a basic ability to navigate and use its web user interface.

Create user accounts and organize them into teams that can be used in conjunction with role-based access control to manage administration and access to organizational resources in Ansible Tower.

Build inventories of machines to manage and set up credentials that will allow Ansible Tower to run jobs on those systems.

Create basic projects and job templates in Ansible Tower that can be used to run Ansible playbooks in order to provision and configure managed systems.

Use additional features of job templates to improve workflows by creating simple job launch forms and templates to launch multiple jobs in sequence, and also to report job success or failure through external notification systems.

Use advanced techniques to work with inventories, including dynamic generation of inventories from centralized information sources and monitoring of hosts in an inventory for configuration deviations or differences.

Perform routine maintenance and administration on Ansible Tower and establish a basic familiarity with the command line tools and the Ansible Tower API.

  • This course is designed for Linux system administrators, cloud administrators, and network administrators needing to automate configuration management, application deployment, and intraservice orchestration at an enterprise scale.
  • Become a Red Hat Certified System Administrator, or demonstrate equivalent experience

Impact on the organization

This course is intended to develop the skills needed to use Ansible to standardize and automate the provisioning, management, configuration, and orchestration of systems and applications across operations or cloud computing environments in large enterprises. These skills are suitable for organizations seeking to increase cost savings and operational efficiency through implementing the DevOps methodology with Ansible, and through using Ansible Tower to facilitate wide adoption and centralized management of Ansible automation at scale in the enterprise.

Red Hat has created this course in a way intended to benefit our customers, but each company and infrastructure is unique, and actual results or benefits may vary.

Impact on the individual

As a result of attending this course, you should be able to write Ansible playbooks and launch them to manage hosts and deploy applications in a scalable way. You should be able to build and manage an Ansible Tower installation and use it to centrally manage Ansible job execution, monitoring, and access to projects, inventories, and credentials.

You should be able to demonstrate these skills:

  • Automate system administration tasks on managed hosts with Ansible.
  • Write Ansible Playbooks to standardize task execution.
  • Deploy and perform basic maintenance and administration of an Ansible Tower installation.
  • Control access to Ansible projects, credentials, and other resources through role-based access controls in Ansible Tower.

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