Ansible is an open-source automation framework that was created by Ansible and now maintained by RedHat. Ansible is an orchestration tool that automates provisioning, configuration management, and application deployment.
In 2019, Aruba became an official Ansible partner, and currently supports Ansible for both the AOS-Switch and AOS-CX operating systems.
Please watch the video below, which discusses the nuts and bolts of Ansible, installation of Ansible on an Ubuntu 18.04 machine, and installation and execution of the Aruba AOS-Switch modules.
Ansible is an agentless automation tool architected on Python.
Ansible requires a "control machine," a Linux (or MacOS!) workstation on which Ansible Engine is installed. Ansible Engine, the core of Ansible, provides a command-line interface through which Ansible commands are executed and on which the execution results are displayed, along with other relevant output. Ansible Engine also contains the Ansible modules and plugins, Python code used to connect to and configure target systems.
Ansible modules typically connect to target devices via SSH. Our AOS-CX and AOS-Switch modules leverage the REST APIs on those respective operating systems to communicate.
If you are familiar with Ansible and have already deployed it in your environment, skip ahead to the sections that cover installing and using the AOS-CX Ansible Role and installing and using the AOS-CX Ansible Collection.
Updated 5 months ago