Can you keep a secret?

As I have mentioned in the past, the normal way of commutation for Ansible, SSH, is not possible with the NetApp systems.  We use http and https communications.  This however requires a username and password combination for each task run. Interactive playbooks can easily have the passwords left out using variable prompts, but that doesn’t help … Read more

Just the facts ma’am.

One of the things about Ansible that makes it so useful, is its ability to gather information about a system that can then be used in the tasks you run.  Because of how the NetApp modules work, this feature isn’t core to them. However, for ONTAP there is the na_ontap_gather_facts module.  This module allows you … Read more

Getting Started with NetApp and Ansible: Complete Workflow

Automation and configuration management are indispensable to an efficient DevOps driven environment. NetApp supports Ansible modules for ONTAP and Element software.  So, let’s get right to it and see how all this worksby building a complete workflow while adding in some fancy features. Complete Workflow If you have been following along in the series so far, … Read more

Getting Started with NetApp and Ansible: First Playbook Example

Automation and configuration management are indispensable to an efficient DevOps driven environment.  NetApp supports Ansible modules for ONTAP and Element software.  So, let’s get right to it and see how all this works.  First Playbook Example  Now that we have Ansible installed, and have reviewed what makes a playbook, we will create our first playbook.  … Read more

Getting Started with NetApp and Ansible: Understanding Playbooks

Automation and Configuration Management are indispensable to an efficient DevOps driven environment. NetApp supports Ansible modules for ONTAP and Element software .  So, let’s get right to it and see how all this works. Understanding Playbooks Now that we have Ansible installed, let’s understand the special file that makes things happen.  This file is called a ‘playbook’.  … Read more

Getting started with Ansible Playbooks can be addictive! Here’s how you can get yourself hooked!

Ansible? Playbooks? Modules? Confused? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there… Alright, let’s start off with the basics. What is Ansible? In a nutshell, Ansible is an open-source IT automation tool that can help you simplify complex configuration, management, and application deployment. There are quite a few good reasons for Ansible’s rise in popularity, such as … Read more