Deep Dive on cli_command for Network Automation

In October Ansible 2.7 was released and brought us two powerful agnostic network modules, cli_command and cli_config. Do you have two or more network vendors within your environment? The goal of agnostic modules is to simplify Ansible Playbooks for network engineers that deal with a variety of network platforms. Rather than having to deal with Read more about Deep Dive on cli_command for Network Automation[…]

Ansible Tips and Tricks: Dealing with Unreliable Connections and Services

Red Hat Ansible Automation is widely known to automate and configure Linux and Windows hosts, as well as network automation for routers, switches, firewalls and load balancers. Plus, there are a variety of modules that deal with the cloud and the API around it such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Compute Read more about Ansible Tips and Tricks: Dealing with Unreliable Connections and Services[…]

Ansible and Infoblox: Roles Deep Dive

As Sean Cavanaugh mentioned in his earlier Infoblox blog post, the release of Ansible 2.5 introduced a lookup plugin, a dynamic inventory script, and five modules that allow for Infoblox automation. A combination of these modules and lookups in a role provides a powerful DNS automation framework. Summary Today we are going to demonstrate how Read more about Ansible and Infoblox: Roles Deep Dive[…]

Red Hat Ansible Network Automation Updates

With the recent success of the largest AnsibleFest to date I wanted to take a minute to reflect with a network automation perspective on the colossal enhancements the engineering team at Red Hat has done for the Ansible Engine 2.6 release, the Ansible Tower 3.3 release and the recent Ansible Engine 2.7 release. As a Read more about Red Hat Ansible Network Automation Updates[…]

Porting Ansible Network Playbooks with New Connection Plugins

The Ansible Networking Team is excited about the release of Ansible 2.5. Back in February, I wrote about new Networking Features in Ansible 2.5, and one of the biggest areas of feedback was around the network_cli connection plugin. For more background on this connection plugin, please refer to the previous blog post. In this post, I Read more about Porting Ansible Network Playbooks with New Connection Plugins[…]

Using Ansible to Mitigate Network Vulnerabilities

Even Networks Aren’t Immune Just like with Windows and Linux servers, networking devices can be exploited by vulnerabilities found in their operating systems. Many IT organizations do not have a comprehensive strategy for mitigating security vulnerabilities that span multiple teams (networking, servers, storage, etc.). Since the majority of network operations is still manual, the need Read more about Using Ansible to Mitigate Network Vulnerabilities[…]