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Handling OOB Network Changes

In this blog I would like to showcase the power of Ansible Content Collections to build powerful abstractions. Collections are a distribution format for Ansible content that can include playbooks, roles, modules and plugins. For this blog post, let us address an Infrastructure as Code(IaC) use case for network configuration management of BGP. We will walk through examples for both Cisco IOS and Arista EOS devices.

First, let us define a data-model that encapsulates the vendor-agnostic configuration.

bgp_global:
    as_number: '65000'
    bgp:
        log_neighbor_changes: true
        router_id:
            address: 192.168.1.1
    neighbor:
    -   activate: true
        address: 10.200.200.2
        remote_as: 65001
bgp_address_family:
    address_family:
    -   afi: ipv4
        neighbor:
        -   activate: true
            address: 10.200.200.2
        network:
        -   address: 10.25.25.0
            mask: 255.255.255.0
        -   address: 10.25.26.0
            mask: 255.255.255.0
        -   address: 10.100.100.0
            mask: 255.255.255.0
        -   address: 10.200.200.0
            mask: 255.255.255.0
        -   address: 172.16.0.0
        -   address: 192.168.1.1
            mask: 255.255.255.255

As you might have observed, this data-model matches exactly the input expected by the <vendor>.bgp_global and  bgp_address_family modules within the IOS and EOS Continue reading

Installing and using collections on Ansible Tower

Ansible Collections are the new way to distribute and manage content. Ansible content can be modules, roles, plugins and even Ansible Playbooks. In my previous blog I provide a walkthrough of using Ansible Collections from Ansible Galaxy and Automation Hub.  Ansible Galaxy is the upstream community for sharing Ansible Collections.  Any community user can create a namespace and share content with anyone. Access to Automation Hub is included with a Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform subscription. Automation Hub only contains fully supported and certified content from Red Hat and our partners.

In this blog post we'll walk through using Ansible Collections with Ansible Tower, part of the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform.  There are a few differences between using command-line Ansible for syncing with Ansible Galaxy or the Automation Hub versus using Ansible Tower. However, it is really easy and I will show you how!

 

Accessing collections content from Automation Hub and Galaxy from Ansible Tower.

If the Ansible Collections are included in your project you do not need to authenticate to Automation Hub. This method is where you are downloading dynamically using a requirements file as outlined in my blog post. In general there are Continue reading

Hands On With Ansible collections

Ansible collections have been introduced previously through two of our blogs Getting Started with Ansible Content Collections and The Future of Ansible Content Delivery. In essence, Ansible Automation content is going to be delivered using the collection packaging mechanism.  Ansible Content refers to Ansible Playbooks, modules, module utilities and plugins. Basically all the Ansible tools that users use to create their Ansible Automation. Content is divided between two repositories:

  1. Ansible Galaxy (https://galaxy.ansible.com)
  2. Automation Hub (https://cloud.redhat.com/ansible/automation-hub)

Ansible Galaxy is the upstream community for sharing Ansible Collections.  Any community user can create a namespace and share content with anyone. Access to Automation Hub is included with a Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform subscription.  Automation Hub only contains fully supported and certified content from Red Hat and our partners. This makes it easier for Red Hat customers to determine which content is the official certified, and importantly supported, content.  This includes full content from partners such as Arista, Cisco, Checkpoint, F5, IBM, Microsoft and NetApp. 

In this blog post we'll walk through a use case wherein, the user would like to use a Red Hat certified collection from Automation Hub Continue reading