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.
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.
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.
Published April 1, 2014
• Updated January 21, 2019
While writing an Ansible Task to add a user to the sudoers file on a Linux distribution, I encountered an error that kept the Ansible Task from completing.
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.
Published February 9, 2014
• Updated January 21, 2019
While bootstraping a new Rackspace Public Cloud Server with Ansible 1.4.4 on OS X Mavericks, I received an error when running
ansible-playbook bootstrap.yml --user root --ask-pass.