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#Ansible @ Augmate

##Getting started


  • Install Python 2.7 (if not bundled with your OS)
  • Install Python's 'virtualenv'
  • An SSH client

####Installing Python Libs on Ubuntu

python --version

Make sure your Python version is greater than > 2.7.5. If not, stop now and get a newer version of Python.

sudo apt-get install python-dev
sudo apt-get install python-virtualenv

####Installing Ansible

(Optional, recommended) Activate your virtualenv. I recommend putting your virtualenv in a directory named 'env' where you stored this repo.


	├── env

Make a virtualenv and activate it:

virtualenv env
source env/bin/activate

Install Ansible:

pip install ansible

Make sure that you received version 1.6.2 or newer:

ansible --version
>ansible 1.6.2

By default, Ansible uses '/etc/ansible/hosts' as its inventory of machines to configure.

You can override this from the command line by using the -i switch, e.g.:

ansible all -utfisher -a "/bin/echo 'OK'" -i hosts

Or by setting an environmental variable:

export ANSIBLE_HOSTS=~/code/ansible/inventory/production.hosts

This file has contents similar to the following:


to use a different SSH port (e.g. 2022), use

####Start using Ansible by running the base configuration of all servers

Run the start.yml playbook against your new server. This playbook adds our users, creates groups, and installs some common packages.

ansible-playbook -i inventory/development.hosts playbooks/start.yml -vv -u some_user_with_sudo --ask-pass --ask-sudo-pass

Where -u is the name of the user that has root access or can sudo to the root user (if the user is root, remove the --ask-sudo-pass switch). For EC2, the most likely option will -u ec2-user --private-key=~/.ssh/my_amazon_private_key.pem .

(note: If you're using a local VM (and only a test, non-production, non-public VM) and you hit a SSH key error when trying to use --ask-pass, enter export ANSIBLE_HOST_KEY_CHECKING=False into the command line, run start.yml, then export ANSIBLE_HOST_KEY_CHECKING=True after.)

Now move on the ordering documentation.