Ansible Series: Set things up

As I mentioned in my previous post, I will be starting with Ansible series. Best way to find all posts in Ansible series to use this link.

If you’re reading this post, chances are you already know what Ansible is and what it is used for. So, instead of repeating what numerous other posts across the Internet already have to say, I’d try to put it in short as to what we use Ansible for and how it helps us.

We use Ansible as a configurtation and deployment tool. It helps us configure systems with the packages and tools we need on it to deploy the end product. We use Ansible Playbooks (will talk about this in later posts) to install packages, start services and ensure things are up and fine. We plan to use its “Continuous Deployment” feature to automate deployments on different environments (pre-prod, prod, etc.)

Let’s get into setting up Ansible on our system and perform some tasks with it. Ansible is generally used to configure remote systems but, for this post, we’ll be using it on localhost only. That is, install it on localhost and perform operations on localhost as well.

We’re going to use CentOS 7 system for the purpose of this series. Except installation, all other steps should work just fine irrespective of the underlying distro.


$ yum -y install ansible

At the time of writing this, above command will install version for us. If you’d rather want to install the latest (bleeding edge) version, follow below steps:

$ yum -y install epel-release
$ yum -y install python-pip
$ pip install ansible

Benefit of installing via yum is that packages in official RHEL/CentOS repositories undergo a good deal of testing to ensure enterprise stability and security.

What we get upon Ansible installation?

Once you’ve installed Ansible, on your command line, type ansible and hit Tab key twice to load all possible commands that start with ansible.

Ones we will be discussing in this series are:

Performing actions on localhost

As mentioned in the beginning of this post, we’ll perform some actions on localhost using ansible command.

That’s it for this post

In the next post, we will take a look at the concept inventory in Ansible. If you have any comments/feedback/suggestion, please let me know below! Until next time. 😉