In this blog post, we’ll create a minimal Ansible playbook that will allow you to quickly and easily provision a new server.
With just a few simple steps, you’ll be able to set up a server with all the necessary software and configurations in no time.
You can do this by following the instructions on the Ansible installation page.
But generally a quick
python3 -m pip install --user ansible should do the trick.
Create an inventory file
This is a simple text file that contains the IP addresses of the servers that you want to provision, plus some connection settings.
To create a new inventory file, create a new file called
production and add the IP address of your server to it:
server1 ansible_host=<ENTER_YOUR_SERVER_IP_ADDRESS> ansible_user=root ansible_connection=ssh ansible_ssh_private_key_file=<PATH_TO_YOUR_SSH_PRIVATE_KEY> ansible_ssh_port=22
In this file we defined a server creatively named
server1 and set some connection settings for it, like the user, ssh private key path etc.
Create a new Ansible playbook
Next, we’ll create a new Ansible playbook. This is a simple YAML file that contains all the instructions for provisioning the server.
To create a new playbook, create a new file called
playbook.yml and add the following content:
- hosts: all
- name: install nginx
Run the playbook
Now that we have our playbook, we can run it to provision our server.
To run the playbook, run the following command:
ansible-playbook -i production playbook.yml
And that’s it! You now know how to create a minimal Ansible playbook to provision a server.