Manage AWS Resources Using Ansible
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Manage AWS Resources Using Ansible

the super short guide to cloud automation

About the Book

Wouldn't you love to be able to simply wave a wand and layers of resources in your AWS account would suddenly - and magically - spring to perfectly configured life, ready to meet your complex infrastructure needs? If you already have experience with AWS, then you know how much of a pain it can be to work through web page after web page in the Amazon management console as you manually provision services. And even the AWS CLI - which is a huge step up - can add its own complexity and effort to the mix. If you're already using Ansible for your on-premises operations, plugging it into your AWS account can sometimes be the quickest and most painless way to migrate operations to the cloud.

About the Author

David Clinton
David Clinton

David Clinton is a Linux Server Professional with years' experience teaching technical subjects. He is the author of two books on AWS administration from Wiley/Sybex, Learn Amazon Web Services in a Month of Lunches and Linux in Action (both from Manning) and 20 Pluralsight courses covering Linux administration, Amazon Web Services, and Docker.

David has worked on real-world deployments within both traditional data centers and the AWS cloud.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Understanding the Ansible/AWS Advantage
  • Preparing a Local Environment
    • Using the AWS CLI to Connect Ansible
    • Testing Ansible with a Simple Playbook
  • Using HashiCorp Packer to Build EC2 Amazon Machine Images
    • Using AWS EC2 AMIs
    • Create and Run a Packer Script
    • Working with Packer JSON Syntax
  • Using Ansible to Administrate AWS Resources
    • Building a Launch Environment for an AMI
    • Building a More Sophisticated Ansible Environment
  • Using Ansible for AWS Resource Life Cycle Management
    • Keeping Track with Ansible’s Dynamic Inventory
    • Shutting Down EC2 Resources
    • The Last Word

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