From personal use

  • pseudo synchronize devices
    • ansible all -a "sudo ntpdate" --ask-sudo-pass
  • ansible-playbook -C myPlaybook.yml only check, no actual change done
  • ansible-playbook -l targetHost myPlaybook.yml limit the hosts to only the listed ones
  • ansible-playbook -D myPlaybook.yml shows diffs
    • great to check short modifications to configuration files

Process so far

  1. pick a managing computer (kind of master with its minions)
  2. git clone
    • or apt-get depending on your desire to be on the bleeding edge (devel)
  3. add minions to inventory file
  4. install sshd on all minions
  5. ssh-copy-id to all minions
  6. consider for each minion if the Ansible user has to be sudoer or not
  7. creating playbooks e.g. lighttpd.yml
    • using become: true to enable privilege escalation
    • using --ask-sudo-pass when running a playbook requiring root
      • cf doc recommending to type the password rather than forcing it somewhere somehow
  8. running playbooks

To explore


My notes on Tools gather what I know or want to know. Consequently they are not and will never be complete references. For this, official manuals and online communities provide much better answers.