It LIVES! The Ansible Automation lab is back! Time to Automate some switch configs! Upon getting the switches configured with their IPs, I got right into the Ansible Inventory File to set both the [all:vars] to set the user/pass/os/connection, and all my different switches in their very similar to my previous lab and I got … Continue reading Ansible / GNS3 Labbing – Configure and verify Hosts in Inventory file, explore Ansible Modules, install GIT in Ubuntu, and wrap up for tonight!
Time to do some GNS3 Switch Automation via Ansible on my Ubuntu Workstation VM! This is the Topology I threw together to begin with, the 3rd octect changes with Workstation NAT / DHCP on vmnet8, I still haven't figured it out but I'd rather spend time labbing. The Ubuntu "Ansible Control Node" and "AutoVM1" to … Continue reading Ansible and GNS3 – Configuring an “Ansible Inventory File” on my Ubuntu “Ansible Control Node” to setup a GNS3 / Ansible home lab!
I remember Ansible pointing to Python 2.x being an issue last time as well, but I do a quick lab demo at the bottom to show I am all set to launch out of the dry walls of text, and back into the lab in the coming days / posts before I take my (now … Continue reading Ansible – Some basics / theory before diving into Ansible Labbing in VMware and a GNS3 Network!
This will be a deeper dive into the different Files / Dependencies within Anisble I've gotten Ansible running on my home lab, but never entirely understood things like the Hierarchy of files and what depends on what, so I wanted to hit the learning lab and jot down Ansible Specific notes here for configuration. Note … Continue reading Ansible – Quick high level run through of components that make up ansible, and how to find help docs via the CLI!
An Overview of Automation Tools before diving into Ansible, Puppet, and Chef! These major 3 Automation Tools Ansible / Puppet / Chef offer powerful and robust Automation solutions rather than Ad-Hoc strategies such as BASH / Python / Etc. These 3 Tools "wrap" Operating Systems functions into them for ease of use, with both robust … Continue reading Week 5 of the DevNet Grind – The big 3 Automation Tools Ansible, Puppet, and Chef reviewed in detail for exam day!
Pictured above is an Ansible Ping verifying Connectivity to my two VM Hosts (I was so excited about getting this working properly I had to share, no idea if this is well known knowledge, but wanted to post / sticky it just in case!) First you will need to have a main VM, which I … Continue reading Ansible – Lab Setup using 3 VM’s running Ubuntu for a full Ansible Automation lab up and running in about one hour! 🙂
These tools can Automate tasks themselves for common networks, or they can be setup to speak directly to an SDN Controller, that then has connectivity to the entire network to automate these tasks as communicated by the Tool (Ansible / Puppet / Chef). SaltStack will be mentioned occasionally in this post, but not covered in … Continue reading ENAUTO – An overview of the Tools of Automation, including Puppet / Chef / Ansible, and an overview of components of those tools to finish!
I will start with the very fundamentals of what / why Network Automation is around today, and then go further into some concepts regarding it. Network Automation - What goals does it achieve? Reducing node by node updates with bulk updates to the network Eliminate repetitive tasks entirely Standardize the network and documentation (consistent images … Continue reading ENAUTO – Fundamentals and Introduction to all things Automation!