[Ansible] – Understanding playbooks

Ansible playbooks are YAML files which are implemented to run ansible tasks. Following a basic ansible playbook file structure.

# Here we can comment
- name: Ansible file example 
  hosts: myhost.example.com 
  - name: Install httpd by yum command
      name: httpd
      state: latest
  - name: Check the connection

Following the command to check all options to work with playbooks

$ man ansible-playbook

Following few useful ansible playbooks useful commands.

–syntax-check: Will check the syntax of the file (E.g ansible-playbook –syntax-check myfile.yml)

–check: Will check the execution of the playbook. (E.g ansible-playbook –check myfile.yml)

Following the command to execute the playbook

$ ansible-playbook myfile.yml

How to configure playbooks to run different tasks in multi hosts?

# Example of multi tasks e multi hosts
- name: Run task in server A
  hosts: serverA.example.com
  - name: Check if exists user
    user: # ansible module
      name: john
      uid: 5400
      state: present
  - name: Check if httpd is enabled
      name: httpd
      enabled: true

  - name: Check if NTP server is enabled
      name: chronyd
      enabled: true

  - name: Check if postfix is enabled
      name: postfix
      enabled: true

-  name: Run task in server B
   hosts: serverB.example.com
   tasks: # tasks to run in the server B
   - name: Copy file
       dest: /etc/myfile
       content: "Add here content of my file\n"

Following some references for the Ansible documentation.

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