Ansible


The risks and merits of automation   Recently updated !

Today morning a customer decided to deploy a new /etc/ntp.conf configuration file, using his own automation software. His approach was somewhat more aggressive than desired, so he broke NTP on 30+ servers, leading to an alert flood. Using an Ansible role, I was able to re-install the correct ntp.conf and restore this important service within […]


auto-upgrade pip in Ansible role/task

Lets say you have an Ansible role in which you create a virtual-environment using Python 3.x: – name: Install python venv and requirements environment: http_proxy: http://proxy.domain.com:8080 https_proxy: http://proxy.domain.com:8080 HTTP_PROXY: http://proxy.domain.com:8080 HTTPS_PROXY: http://proxy.domain.com:8080 pip: extra_args: ‘–trusted-host pypi.python.org’ requirements: /path/to/requirements.txt virtualenv: /path/to/venv virtualenv_command: /opt/python-3.7.0/bin/python3.7 -m venv If your requirements.txt only contains the modules you really need for […]