Mastering Linux: Overview of Ansible for Server Automation

Ansible is an incredible open-source tool widely used for IT infrastructure automation. It simplifies configuring servers, deploying software, and orchestrating advanced IT tasks such as zero downtime rolling updates with little configuration. In this blog post, we will walk you through the core concepts needed to start your journey with Ansible, such as running commands, inventory, playbooks, variables, roles, etc.

Introduction to Ansible

Ansible uses a simple language that describes IT application environments with the idea of Infrastructure as Code (IAC). No special coding skills necessary; our lessons are written in a human-readable language, focusing on the power of automation. Moreover, Ansible is agentless, which makes it a lot easier to manage.

Key Concepts Explanation

We’ll look at critical Ansible components and how to use them in this section. You’ll appreciate Ansible’s power and simplicity once you understand these components better.

Ansible Inventory

Ansible’s inventory is a list of nodes that it can interact with. The inventory can be defined in a simple text file with a list of hosts or more complex structures defining groups of hosts with certain variables.

# Example of an Ansible Inventory file


Ansible Playbooks

Playbooks are Ansible’s configuration, deployment, and orchestration language. They can be used to manage configurations and deployments to remote machines, orchestrate steps of any procedure, and execute different tasks.

- hosts: webservers  
    - name: ensure apache is at the latest version  
        name: apache2  
        update_cache: yes
        state: latest

Hands-On Tasks

  1. Setup Ansible in your local machine: Follow the provided steps in the video to set up Ansible locally on your machine.
  2. Setup AWS EC2 instance: Create an Amazon EC2 instance to use for your Ansible tasks.
  3. Use Ansible roles and playbooks for server automation: Start setting up Ansible roles and automating server tasks using playbooks.


Ansible provides robust ways to define and manage complex environments, all in simple, readable syntax. The journey to mastering Ansible begins with understanding the key concepts and practicing them. Dive in and start automating your deployment and configuration tasks and take advantage of the power of Ansible today. Feel free to ask any questions or share your experiences in the comment section. Happy learning!

Remember, practice is key to mastering Linux commands. Don’t hesitate to try out these commands and explore their options to deepen your understanding.

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