I enjoy creating automation templates using the platform Ansible (by Red Hat).
Creating Ansible Roles and Modules/Collections should help others to get started faster.
Feedback is appreciated!
Keeping the user interaction clean and simple
If a network admin wants to configure a WireGuard VPN-Infrastructure he/she/... should not need to think about the role - just the abstracted topology!
Each role should use as few 'top-level' variables as possible
Most roles will take ONE nested variable (dictionary)
Commonly redundant config is not accepable.
The role should work its magic ✨ and handle it using inheritance, scoping and/or defaults
Preferring opt-out on optional features
IT-Infrastructure is a very sensitive domain.
I hate it if some role/script does more than it should.
That can lead to unpredictable results!
The roles allow the user to choose the features they want to opt-in.
The best tool is useless if you can not handle it..
Documentation is the tools 'interface' and should be clean.
I can't tell how often I came across a tool with a nice feature-set but could not use it as of the lack of good documentation!
Transparency is key when getting to know a role.
Examples (config => result) are very vital for this.
Not everybody wants to run the role to see what it actually does do.
- As security is very important in todays IT environment I'm checking my Roles and Modules/Collections for security best-practises.
- Roles and Modules will at least warn you if unsecure settings are used or will not even fail on you if you use them in an unsecure way.
- You should always use encrypted connectivity => Automation makes it very easy to add/generate certificates.
Automation can save time and nerves, enables infrastructure-as-code (with all it's benefits) and scales well.
What are you waiting on? Automate! 😄
Have a nice day!