Trying Ansible

(Without Breaking Things)

UMN Code-People, April 6 2017


An automation tool that allows you to express tasks declaratively and to execute them on remote machines using only SSH, without the need for agents on the remote machines or a control server.

Where to start?

The following demos...

  • don't involve web apps,
  • are short and simple,
  • and don't break anything.

Demo 1: Checking Disk Health

Andrew Zenk - Polar Geospatial Center

Demo 2: Testing with Vagrant

David Naughton - Libraries


A tool for building and managing virtual machine environments.

Vagrant Features

vagrant up --no-provision
vagrant snapshot push
vagrant provision
vagrant snapshot pop --no-provision

UMN Ansible Community

Ansible Workgroup:

Ansible Workshop June 6: