Ansible – My Journey – Part 1

Brief History of Me

I have been in technology for over 20 years. I started off at a helpdesk and around that time I was told about a up and coming technology that would change the face of tech. That technology was LINUX. I will be the first one to admit that I am not the smartest person in the world or know it all and have been wrong many times in my technology career. When I was approached about this revolutionary thing called LINUX I was curious. At that time I was still learning and trying to figure out what I wanted to do in technology. I had been working in networking, imaging computers, NT administration and so on. I was game to look at it, the tech gave me remote access to it.. and what I saw was a prompt for commands.. I was like, what do I do with this? So needless to say, I said this will never go anywhere! Again, like I said, made many stupid choices. Fast forward 20 years and now LINUX is everywhere, Its the hypervisors that I work on every day, its the network equipment that I remote into and this is where this whole thing takes me today my journey into Ansible.

Early on in my career I started to develop and use PSExec, batch and VB scripts to help me to do my every day job. I really enjoyed automation and how it made my job so much easier than having to click or type stuff on the physical or virtual device. I have pretty well stuck with that and started to use as of late powershell and also built in tools like ESXCLI to help further goals of ease of administration and configuration. There has been a big shift in how we all do our jobs, its called Software defined or another term is Software Defined Everything. With Software Defined it includes networking, storage and data center. With everything going software based there has been new ways to create and manage these software defined solutions. Puppet, Chef and Ansible are just a few but seem to be more of popular ones. Coming from a background of automation and observing where things are going I have decided to learn ansible, but with a side effect of learning LINUX which is very exciting to me.

Next, how to install Ansible

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