What do you like most about Ansible?
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It is very easy to use, and there is less room for error.
It is agentless. I don't have to think about which client system my unit has understanding in or not, because I can execute from my system. It will go and configure it, and any module that it is looking for will be shipped out.
The Organizations feature, where I can give clear silos and hand them over to different teams, that's amazing; everybody says that it's their own Tower. It's like they have their own Tower out there.
It enabled me to take the old build manifest and automated everything. So when it came time to spin everything up, it was quick and simple. I could spin it up and test it out. And then, when it came time to roll production, it was a done deal. When we expanded to multiple data centers, it was same thing: Change a few IP addresses, change some names, and off we went.
Having the Dashboard from an admin point of view, and seeing how all the projects and all the jobs lay out, is helpful.
Managing our inventory is a big pain point. Right now, we have Satellite, but we can tie it in with Satellite, so we can actually manage things and automate the entire deployment stack, instead of trying to grab things from tickets, then generating Kickstart, and using that to get things in Satellite. That doesn't work well. We can do the whole deployment stack using the inventory share between Tower and Satellite.
On the network side, I already have a lot of our firewall related processes automated. If it's not automated all the way from the ticket system, our network team members, our tier-one guys in India, can just go into the Tower web interface and fill in a couple of survey questions.
The biggest thing I liked about Ansible is the check mode so that we can verify, after we've pushed, that the config there is actually what we intended.
Its checking and validating ensures our packages are properly patched.
I like being able to control multiple systems and push out updates quickly with just a couple of clicks of a button and commands. I like the automation because it is a time saver.
It was easy to read and learn. It is a YAML-based syntax, which makes it easily understand and pick up.
Since it is in YAML, if I have to explain it to somebody else, they can easily understand it.
Installing it is a PIP command. So, it's pretty easy. It is a one liner.
It has made our infrastructure more testable. We are able to build our infrastructure in CI, then are more confident in what we are deploying will work, not breaking everything.
It is very extensible. There are many plugins and modules out there that everybody helps create to interact with different cloud providers as well.
It is quick to production. It has an API in the back which allows for integrations.
The user interface is well-built and very easy to navigate around.
The most useful features are the playbooks. We can develop our playbooks and simplify them doing something like a cross platform.
This solution allows us to stitch a lot of different parts of the workflow together.
The automation is the most valuable feature.
Ansible Galaxy is helpful for roles and Git Submodules: No dependency in managing playbooks. Also, fact caching in redis for host/role grp information speeds up execution. Finally, variable management is easy.