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How to get Started with Ansible: A Beginner’s Guide

Rahul Miglani
Rahul Miglani
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Ansible is a powerful and popular open-source automation tool that allows you to automate tasks, manage configurations, and deploy applications in a simple and efficient manner. Whether you are new to automation or have prior experience with other tools, this beginner’s guide will provide you with the necessary steps to get started with Ansible. By the end of this guide, you’ll have a solid foundation to begin automating your IT infrastructure.

Step 1: Install Ansible

The first step is to install Ansible on your control machine. It can be installed on various operating systems, including Linux, macOS, and Windows. Follow the official Ansible documentation to install the latest stable version that is compatible with your operating system.

Step 2: Set Up Inventory

The inventory file is a key component of Ansible that defines the hosts and groups on which you want to perform automation tasks. Create an inventory file, typically named “hosts” or “inventory”, and add the IP addresses or hostnames of your target machines. You can also define groups to categorize your hosts based on different attributes.

Step 3: Write Your First Ansible Playbook

It uses playbooks to define automation tasks. A playbook is a YAML file that consists of one or more plays, where each play consists of a set of tasks to be executed on hosts. Create a new YAML file, such as “playbook.yml”, and start by defining the hosts or groups on which the playbook should run. Then, specify the tasks you want to perform, such as installing packages, managing files, or configuring services.

Example Ansible Playbook:

In this example, the playbook installs Nginx on the hosts defined under the “web_servers” group and starts the Nginx service.

Step 4: Run Ansible Playbook

To execute the playbook, use the ansible-playbook command followed by the name of your playbook file. For example, run the command ansible-playbook playbook.yml to execute the playbook defined in the “playbook.yml” file. It will connect to the hosts specified in the inventory, perform the defined tasks, and provide detailed output for each task.


Finally, Congratulations! You have successfully taken the first steps towards automating your IT infrastructure with It. By installing Ansible, setting up an inventory, writing your first playbook, and running it, you have experienced the power and simplicity of its automation.

Lastly, As you continue your Ansible journey, explore more advanced features such as variables, roles, and templates to further enhance your automation capabilities. Ansible’s extensive documentation and vibrant community provide a wealth of resources to expand your knowledge and solve specific automation challenges.

Finally, With Ansible, you can get started with the streamline of your IT operations, reduce manual effort, and achieve greater consistency and efficiency in your infrastructure management. Keep exploring and leveraging Ansible’s capabilities to unleash the full potential of automation in your organization.

Rahul Miglani

Rahul Miglani

Rahul Miglani is Vice President at NashTech and Heads the DevOps Competency and also Heads the Cloud Engineering Practice. He is a DevOps evangelist with a keen focus to build deep relationships with senior technical individuals as well as pre-sales from customers all over the globe to enable them to be DevOps and cloud advocates and help them achieve their automation journey. He also acts as a technical liaison between customers, service engineering teams, and the DevOps community as a whole. Rahul works with customers with the goal of making them solid references on the Cloud container services platforms and also participates as a thought leader in the docker, Kubernetes, container, cloud, and DevOps community. His proficiency includes rich experience in highly optimized, highly available architectural decision-making with an inclination towards logging, monitoring, security, governance, and visualization.

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