Testing Ansible roles

At an Ansible meetup last week somebody put this question to me: "I'm coming from the Puppet world, and there they have whole structures around testing modules (the same thing as Ansible roles) like Rspec. How do you handle the same thing with Ansible?". Ah, this is a question I've heard many times. So here are my thoughts on it. I wouldn't do it. Why ever not?! I hear you cry. Read on... more ...



Managing VMware vSphere guests with Ansible Tower

There are lots of ways to enable self-service VMs within an organisation - what some might call 'a private cloud'. However, these usually require layers and layers of complex software. What if you could leverage your existing hypervisor and 15 lines of code to do the same? And what if those 15 lines became an even simpler single click? more ...


Simple service discovery using Ansible Tower and DNS

Service discovery is one of those things that can be extremely handy to have, yet difficult to implement in a simple fashion. There are lots of tools out there to help, but I wanted to make something simple and easy to maintain for my specific use case. So here's the way I've done it, using a couple of DNS records and Ansible Tower. more ...





Being a part of it

In the summer of 2013 I worked on a project that introduced me to Ansible. I was so impressed by it that I wrote a blog post. I found Ansible to be different to the catalog of software that constantly tries to grab our attention these days, and I've pretty much evangelised it since. more ...


Ansible for Puppet users

A colleague was asking me questions today about Ansible playbooks, roles, tasks etc and how they translated from Puppet nomenclature (he is coming to Ansible with Puppet experience - much the same as I did actually). He thought it would be handy to have a 'translation guide'. more ...