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Red Hat Certified Specialist in Services Management and Automation

March 31, 2021

Late last year, I’ve read that a new Ansible-related exam was available: the Red Hat Certified Specialist in Services Management and Automation exam (EX358). I’ve taken and passed this exam at the end of January. It was the first time I did a Red Hat exam that was brand new and without having the possibility of finding online some opinions around it. Some people have reported for other exams that when new exams are launched, the scoring has issues.

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Red Hat Certified Specialist in Advanced Automation

February 1, 2021

In my pursuit of the Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) certification, I’ve taken the Red Hat Certified Specialist in Advanced automation: Ansible best practices exam (EX447). As for the other Ansible Exams, you can always consult the Ansible documentation available offline in the exam system. Different from the Red Hat Certified Engineer exam (EX294), this exam also includes Ansible Tower as a topic, so be sure to have good knowledge of it as well!

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Red Hat Certified Engineer

December 28, 2020

At the beginning of this month, I took the EX294 exam, which allowed me to obtain the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) certification. It was the first time I attempted the RHCE exam, but I prepared myself in the past for the EX300 exam, the exam that allowed you to obtain the RHCE certification in the RHEL7 time, but never got around to do the exam. Compared to what I had to study for the EX300, I found the EX294 program way more sensible.

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Obtain previous Job ID in Ansible Tower Workflow

November 15, 2020

Ansible Tower allows you to create Workflows, which enable you to create complex workflows by putting together multiple Ansible Playbooks. Ansible Tower Workflows can have some simple logics, such as run different Ansible Playbooks based on the outcome (success or failure) of a previous Ansible Playbook run. Sometimes, though, you need to have more information about a previous Ansible Playbook run than just the outcome. I recently found myself in a situation where I had an Ansible Tower Workflow with two Ansible Playbooks into it, where the first one was performing specific tasks.

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Practical Ansible 2

Published on June 5, 2020
Authored by Daniel Oh, James Freeman, Fabio Alessandro Locati
Published by Packt Publishing Limited

Ansible enables you to automate software provisioning, configuration management, and application roll-outs, and can be used as a deployment and orchestration tool. While Ansible provides simple yet powerful features to automate multi-layer environments using agentless communication, it can also solve other critical IT challenges, such as ensuring continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) with zero downtime. In this book, you’ll work with Ansible 2.9 and learn to solve complex issues quickly with the help of task-oriented scenarios.

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Learning Ansible 2.7 - Third Edition

Published on April 30, 2019
Authored by Fabio Alessandro Locati
Published by Packt Publishing Limited

Ansible is an open source automation platform that assists organizations with tasks such as application deployment, orchestration, and task automation. With the release of Ansible 2.7, even complex tasks can be handled much more easily than before. Learning Ansible 2.7 will help you take your first steps toward understanding the fundamentals and practical aspects of Ansible by introducing you to topics such as playbooks, modules, and installation of Linux, Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD), and Windows Support.

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Ansible Tower LDAP with self signed CA

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.

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Ansible Tower Open Source

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.

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Ansible Tower 3.1 High Availability maintenance

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.

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Ansible Tower in Vagrant

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.

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