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Old 01-09-2016, 11:16 AM   #1
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Question Anyone ever used Ansible on Linux

I haven't been in the *nix Admin role in almost 11 years, so a lot of new cool shit has passed me by. I was reading a little about Ansible, and think it could be useful in my new position in Middleware Infrastructure to help with deployments, automating tasks, etc.

Anyone have experience with it, any likes/dislikes? I'd only use it for as Redhat Linux environment, no Windows servers.

Here's a Wikipedia link if you've never heard of it.
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Old 01-09-2016, 12:44 PM   #2
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I prefer chef, but I work in more developer friendly environments. I've used and cleaned companies infrastructure on Puppet and find its use is very esoteric and more operations oriented, but it works great when maintained properly. I've rarely heard anyone using Ansible.
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Ansible and Docker are good partners
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Who owns Chef? I think a bank would prefer something like Ansible because Redhat owns, or was at least thinking of buying them from something I read. It's gonna be like pulling teeth to get anything tho!

Edit: Redhat did by Ansible.
https://www.redhat.com/en/about/blog...quired-ansible
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Old 01-11-2016, 12:20 PM   #7
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I'm going to give it a shot since its in the RedHat family. I am migrating a data center right now and was just about to start on configuration management. I would rather stick with RH platform products since I use CentOS.
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Man, I replaced my entire configuration management platform in a day. I really like Ansible especially since I am a CentOS shop. Beautiful.

http://docs.ansible.com/ansible/intro.html
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Bringing this back up. I left that company, and went back, lol.
So now I learned they are already using Chef, and want me to learn that and APIM (API Management I assume, no clue)!

Sooooo, anyone got a recommendation on a book for Chef? O'Reilly has mixed reviews, seems thrown together too quickly (Amazon reviews).

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Bringing this back up. I left that company, and went back, lol.
So now I learned they are already using Chef, and want me to learn that and APIM (API Management I assume, no clue)!

Sooooo, anyone got a recommendation on a book for Chef? O'Reilly has mixed reviews, seems thrown together too quickly (Amazon reviews).

Amazon link
I'd suggest skipping the books and go straight to learn.chef.io. They have all the info you'll need to get started. It's really not that complicated. I've done hackathons, where we bring in a group of developers with no Chef or Ruby experience, and have them developing cookbooks in one 4 hour session.
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