Posted on October 6, 2017
One of the big advantages that Ansible Tower and AWX (the open source and upstream version of Ansible Tower) bring to the table is the Role Base Access Control (RBAC). This will allow you to select which users (or teams) will be able to see which objects in Ansible Tower as well as which jobs they will be able to run.
Obviously to leverage the RBAC, you will have to have personal accounts for every user of your platform.
Posted on September 7, 2017
In October 2015, Red Hat bought Ansible Inc. As far as I know, in the acquisition, two close source components got acquired by Red Hat: Ansible Tower and Ansible Galaxy. Since the day of the acquisition, Red Hat has been very clear on the fact that those two components would have become open source at a certain point, even if there was not a public date or timeline yet. Making a codebase open source is not always easy and quick process.
Posted on August 18, 2017
Around one year ago, I did a post around Ansible Tower High Availability maintenance, but in the mean time many things changed and that post is not up to date anymore, so I decided to create a new one that covers the same topic but for Ansible Tower 3.1.
From Ansible Tower 3.1 we lost the distinction of Primary Ansible Tower and Secondary Ansible Tower. That concept was related to the fact that the Secondary Ansible Towers were in a hot-standby mode.
Posted on July 26, 2017
A lot of times during my job I found myself with the need of Ansible Tower testing environments.
In the last few weeks I created a Vagrant script to actually automate it.
As this is a single host installation, which is usually more than enough for the majority of tests I do, the Vagrant file is very easy:
Vagrant.configure(2) do |config| # Set machine size config.vm.provider :libvirt do |domain| domain.memory = 2048 domain.
Posted on June 23, 2017
This year, I decided to go to AnsibleFest. Since the day before AnsibleFest, an Ansible Contributor Conference was scheduled, I decided to partecipate to both. On Wednesday morning I arrived to the location and I had the pleasure of speaking with few people before the begin of the Contributor Conference. The Contributor Conference was very interesting and I had the occasion to speak with many other people over the course of the day.
Posted on June 22, 2017 - London, UK
Posted on May 31, 2017
Ansible Tower 3.1 has recently been released, and it does implement real HA. In fact, up to version 3.0, Ansible Tower multi-node installation, only allowed a single machine to be primary and the switch was not possible in an automated fashion, so if the primary Ansible Tower would have collapsed, an operator should have promoted one of the secondary Ansible Tower to be primary to be able to carry on the work.
Posted on March 21, 2017
Sometimes I need to do some tests which are destructive and I need to perform them over and over until I figure out a process that reliably brings me to a desired state. I usually create some kind of easy to provision environments and work on it.
In the last few weeks I found myself working on an etcd cluster, so I created an environment with Vagrant, and since I had to write the majority of this by myself, since I have not found anything on Google that suited my needs, I’m going to share this with you.
Posted on March 1, 2017
I often receive questions about Ansible Inventories (far more often than any other Ansible component). My guess is that Inventories are effectively among the most complex things in Ansible.
Ansible Inventories are complex in the following ways:
After you have decided an Inventory model is hard to change it, in fact you would probably be required to touch all your Playbooks to make everything working again There is not a single way of doing Inventories Often Inventories are the glue to make a generic Playbook run properly on your specific architecture.
Posted on January 27, 2017 - Brno, CZ