DO407

Automation with Ansible I

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Learn to write and manage Ansible playbooks and automate system administration tools

Automation with Ansible I (DO407) is designed for system administrators who are intending to use Ansible for automation, configuration, and management. Learn how to install and configure Ansible, create and run playbooks to configure systems, and learn to manage inventories.

This course is based on Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 7.

Course overview

Through hands-on labs, students will learn to automate system administration tasks on managed hosts with Ansible, learn how to write Ansible playbooks to standardize task execution, centrally manage playbooks and schedule recurring execution through a web interface with Red Hat® Ansible Tower. Students will also learn to manage encryption for Ansible with Ansible Vault, deploy Ansible Tower and use it to manage systems, and use Ansible in a DevOps environment with Vagrant.

Course content summary

  • Install and troubleshoot Ansible on central nodes and managed hosts
  • Use Ansible to run ad-hoc commands and playbooks to automate tasks
  • Write effective Ansible playbooks
  • Protect encrypted data needed for tasks with Ansible Vault
  • Use Ansible Tower to more easily manage enterprise Ansible deployments
  • Work with Ansible in conjunction with Vagrant in a DevOps environment

Audience and prerequisites

System and cloud administrators who need to automate cloud provisioning, configuration management, application deployment, intra-service orchestration, and other IT needs.

Prerequisites for this course

Outline for this course

Course introduction
Introduce and review the course.
Introduce Ansible
Describe the terminology and architecture of Ansible.
Deploy Ansible
Install Ansible and run ad hoc commands.
Implement playbooks
Write Ansible plays and execute a playbook.
Manage variables and inclusions
Describe variable scope and precedence, manage variables and facts in a play, and manage inclusions.
Implement task control
Manage task control, handlers, and tags in Ansible playbooks.
Implement Jinja2 templates
Implement a Jinja2 template.
Implement roles
Create and manage roles.
Configure complex playbooks
Configure connection types, delegations, and parallelism.
Implement Ansible Vault
Manage encryption with Ansible Vault.
Troubleshoot Ansible
Troubleshoot the Ansible control machine and managed nodes.
Implement Ansible Tower
Implement Ansible Tower.
Implement Ansible in a DevOps environment
Implement Ansible in a DevOps environment using Vagrant.
Comprehensive review
Review tasks from the Automation with Ansible course.

Note: Course outline is subject to change with technology advances and as the nature of the underlying job evolves. For questions or confirmation on a specific objective or topic, please contact us.

Recommended next exam or course

Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Ansible Automation (EX407) exam
The performance-based Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Automation exam (EX407) tests your ability to use Ansible to automate the configuration of systems and applications.
Automation with Ansible II: Ansible Tower (DO409)
Designed for IT professionals who use Ansible and need to centrally manage their Ansible projects in a way that scales to large teams and complex enterprise installations using Red Hat Ansible Tower.

Impact of this training

Impact on the organization

This course is intended to develop the skills needed to implement Ansible in an operations or cloud computing environment. These skills are suitable for organizations seeking to gain cost savings and operational efficiency by implementing the DevOps methodology with Ansible.

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, students should be able to implement Ansible for the purpose of automation, configuration, and management in a DevOps environment.

Students should be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Use Ansible to automate system administration tasks on managed hosts.
  • Write Ansible Playbooks to standardize task executions.
  • Manage playbook execution centrally, using Ansible Tower.