Ansible is an open-source software platform for configuring and managing computers. It combines multi-node software deployment, ad-hoc task execution, and configuration management.

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Callbacks or hooks, and reusable series of tasks, in Ansible roles

I'm struggling with making my Ansible roles somewhat composeable and re-usable. I have a role that performs several series of steps. Depending on the other roles being applied to a host, other roles ...
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How to see stdout of ansible commands?

How do I see stdout for ansible-playbook commands? -v only shows ansible output, not the individual commands. It would be great if I could figure out how to do this immediately, so if something ...
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Configuration management: push versus pull based topology

The more established configuration management (CM) systems like Puppet and Chef use a pull-based approach: clients poll a centralized master periodically for updates. Some of them offer a masterless ...
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When is it appropriate to use a configuration manager (eg Puppet / Chef / Ansible)?

At my current workplace, I look after two VMware host machines, an OpenBSD physical machine, three Debian VM's, and six Windows Server VM's (2008/2012). I'm considering implementing a configuration ...
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Running apt-get autoremove with ansible

I maintain a flock of EC2 servers with ansible. The servers are regularly updates and upgraded using the apt module. When I manually tried to upgrade a server, I received the following message: $ ...
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Ansible stuck on gathering facts

I'm having some odd issues with my ansible box(vagrant). Everything worked yesterday and my playbook worked fine. Today, ansible hangs on "gathering facts"? Here is the verbose output: <5.xxx....
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Why doesn't ansible have an archive module?

Googling for Ansible create tar doesn't yield any good results and while there is an unarchive module, there's no archive module. I'll probably solve it with the command module, but being new in ...
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Ansible playbook not working trying to run make & configure with complex switches

This is a follow-on to this question. I'm trying to use Ansible to provision a Vagrant VM. The VM is running CentOS 6.4. I'm using the following (abbreviated) ansible playbook: - hosts: default ...
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Is it possible to execute the Vagrant Ansible provisioner on a Windows host machine?

It seems that Vagrant doesn't let me automatically provision the Ansible provisioner on Windows using Vmware. I'm not really sure whether Ansible has to be installed on the host machine, (in my case ...
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Ansible playbook to upload and execute a python script

My playbook is as below: - hosts : mygroup user : user sudo : yes tasks : - name : Copy script copy : 'src=/home/user/Scripts/logchecker.py dest=/opt/root2/logchecker.py owner=root group=...
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Ansible : using different sudo user for different hosts

Recently started using ansible. We have servers where the application is setup under different users, like in server xyz.com, unix user is xyz_user and so on. So in case of xyz.com, ansible xyz.com -...
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What benefit is there to using Vagrant for AWS resource management when using Ansible for provisioning?

I understand that Vagrant is a tool to create and manage virtual machines; and that Ansible is a tool to configure one's machines (virtual or otherwise). However, Ansible's AWS modules are capable of ...
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Ansible: How to run one Task Host by Host?

On the play-level, we have serial: 1 to allow us to run the whole play one host at a time. But I haven't found a simple way to do this on a single task. This is especially relevant, if the task in ...
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Install rpm package using Ansible

How do I install .rpm package on remote machine using Ansible? The obvious solution is to use command module, but that is a bit silly. Also I would like to avoid setting up a yum repository just for ...
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Parametric ansible command based on facts, how to do it?

I am updating some of my ansible playbooks to run on the latest version of Fedora, that now uses dnf by default. Since most of my playbooks should run on CentOS as well, I would like my script to run ...
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Tweaking Ansible output

I want to use Ansible to collect information from a number of servers. The information should be postprocessed locally, so it should be presented in a certain format. Other than grep and sed and awk ...
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How to see stdin of ansible commands

This is basically the same question as how to see ansible stdout only I wanted to see the commands generated and passed in by ansible. Is it possible?
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Ansible playbook not working trying to run patch

I'm trying to use Ansible to provision a Vagrant VM. The VM is running CentOS 6.4. I'm using the following (abbreviated) ansible playbook: - hosts: default vars: home: '/home/vagrant' ...
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Ansible synchronize hangs when executing inside ssh with delegate_to

The following task works fine when run directly from my machine. When I run it from a remote machine through SSH it hangs forever. This is the task: - name: deploy public directory synchronize:...
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Can I use IAM Roles for Ansible

Apparently the AWS Access Key and Secret Key are optional parameters for the AWS Cloud Modules, however the places where the ansible would pick up those values are from Environment variables. Can we ...