Manage Apache VirtualHosts and mod_rewrite Rules with Ansible

Published June 2, 2014

I needed a way to manage Apache VirtualHosts and mod_rewrite rules. There are a handful of Ansible Roles available at Ansible Galaxy to manage Apache VirtualHosts, but none of them also manage mod_rewrite rules.

After figuring out how to include additional content in an Ansible Template file, I was able to quickly put together an Ansible Playbook and Ansible Template to manage my Apache VirtualHosts and their particular mod_rewrite rules.

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Include Additional Content in Ansible Template File

Published May 22, 2014 • Updated May 27, 2014

While putting together an Ansible Playbook to generate a configuration file from an Ansible Template, I needed a way to include additional content from a text file within the generated configuration file. I could not find an Ansible Module to do this, but Ansible uses the Jinja2 templating engine, and with one additional line in the Ansible Template file, I was able to include the contents of the text file in the generated configuration file.

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Ansible Manage the Same Users Across Servers with Different Passwords

Published April 19, 2014 • Updated February 16, 2019

Recently, I was setting up a handful of servers that all needed the same user created but with a different password for that user on each server. After Google searching, I did not find a definitive way to manage users, and most of what I found consisted of bits and pieces of what I was looking for. I ultimately settled on the following solution.

This solution can definitely be improved upon by using group_vars and variable overrides to remove redundant attributes.

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Install Ansible, Create an Inventory File, Create and Run an Ansible Playbook, and Run Ansible Commands

Published March 8, 2014 • Updated June 28, 2018

Ansible is part of the configuration management and orchestration family that includes Puppet, Chef, and SaltStack. Having only ever used Chef, I found Ansible to have a much lower learning curve. I spent more time using it rather than learning it. But, despite its ease of use, there is always some amount of pre-work needed to get started.

In this post I will be stepping through how to install Ansible, create and run your first Ansible Playbook, and how Ansible can be used to run ad hoc commands. I will be running everything from OS X Mavericks. With the possible exception of the installation, all the other steps should work on modern Linux distributions.

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