github.com/ansible/workshops contains an Ansible Playbook
provision_lab.yml, which is an automated lab setup for Ansible training on AWS (Amazon Web Services). Set the
workshop_type variable below to provision the corresponding workshop.
|Workshop||Workshop Type Var|
|Ansible for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workshop||
|Ansible for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workshop - 90 minutes||
|Ansible Network Automation Workshop||
|Ansible F5 Workshop||
|Ansible Security Automation||
|Ansible Windows Automation||
|Ansible Demo Mode||
|Smart Management Workshop||
If you are going to use ansible-navigator and the workshop execution environment there are two (2) differences from ansible-playbook method used previously:
You need to set your AWS credentials as environment variables. This is because the execution environment will not have access to your ~/.aws/credentials file. This is preferred anyway because it matches the behavior in Automation controller.
export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=AKIA6ABLAH1223VBD3W export AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY=zh6gFREbvblahblahblahfXIC5nZr51OgdKECaSIMBi9Kc
To make environment variables permanent and persistent you can set this to your
~/.bash_rc. See Red Hat Knowledge Base article: https://access.redhat.com/solutions/157293
You must run from the project root rather than the
/provisioner folder. This is so all the files in the Git project are mounted, not just the provisioner folder. This is also best practice because it matches the behavior in Automation controller.
ansible-navigator run provisioner/provision_lab.yml -e @provisioner/extra_vars.yml
--- # region where the nodes will live ec2_region: us-east-1 # name prefix for all the VMs ec2_name_prefix: TESTWORKSHOP # creates student_total of workbenches for the workshop student_total: 2 # Set the right workshop type, like network, rhel or f5 (see above) workshop_type: rhel # Generate offline token to authenticate the calls to Red Hat's APIs # Can be accessed at https://access.redhat.com/management/api offline_token: "eyQ.60y_ezoosYst_FJlZfVsud9qGbDt7QRly6nhprqVEREi......XYZ" # Required for podman authentication to registry.redhat.io redhat_username: <redhat_username> redhat_password: <redhat_password> #####OPTIONAL VARIABLES # turn DNS on for control nodes, and set to type in valid_dns_type dns_type: aws # password for Ansible control node admin_password: your_password123 # Sets the Route53 DNS zone to use for Amazon Web Services workshop_dns_zone: demoredhat.com # automatically installs Tower to control node controllerinstall: true # forces ansible.workshops collection to install latest edits every time developer_mode: true # SHA value of targeted AAP bundle setup files. provided_sha_value: ea2843fae672274cb1b32447c9a54c627aa5bdf5577d9a6c7f957efe68be8c01 # Automation controller install setup command. Default: "./setup.sh -e gpgcheck=0" if undefined or empty controller_install_command: './setup.sh -e gpgcheck=0' # default vars for ec2 AMIs (ec2_info) are located in provisioner/roles/manage_ec2_instances/defaults/main/main.yml # select ec2_info AMI vars can be overwritten via ec2_xtra vars, e.g.: ec2_xtra: satellite: owners: 012345678910 filter: Satellite* username: ec2-user os_type: linux size: r5b.2xlarge # Registry name to download execution environments ee_registry_name: registry.redhat.io # List of execution environments to download during controller installation: ee_images: - "/ansible-automation-platform-21/ee-29-rhel8:latest" - "/ee-supported-rhel8:latest" - "/ansible-automation-platform-21/ee-minimal-rhel8:latest" # "Default execution environment" for controller ee_default_image: "/ee-supported-rhel8:latest"
In order to use Automation controller (i.e.
controllerinstall: true), which is the default behavior (as seen in group_vars/all.yml) you need to have a valid subscription via a
manifest.zip file. To retrieve your manifest.zip file you need to download it from access.redhat.com.
How do you use the manifest.zip with the workshop?
There are currently two ways to integrate your license file with the workshop:
The first way is to make sure your license/manifest has the exact name
manifest.zip and put it into the same folder as the
provision_lab.yml playbook (e.g.)
The second way is to turn the
manifest.zip into a base64 variable.
This allows the
manifest.zip to be treated like an Ansible variable so that it can work with CI systems like Github Actions or Zuul. This also makes it easier to work with Automation controller, in case you are spinning up a workshop using Automation controller itself.
To do this use the
base64 command to encode the manifest:
base64 manifest.zip > base64_platform_manifest.txt
Take the output of this command and set it to a variable
base64_manifest in your extra_vars file.
The manifest.zip is substantially larger than the tower.license file, so the base64_manifest base64 might be several hundred lines long if you have text wrapping in your editor.
base64 is not encryption, if you require encryption you need to work within your CI system or Automation controller to encrypt the base64 encoded manifest.zip.
For more extra_vars examples, look at the following:
rhel_90workshop, meant to be taught in 90 minutes
demomode, aggregate of all workshop topologies
ansible-playbook provision_lab.yml -e @extra_vars.yml
Exercises and instructor slides are hosted at aap2.demoredhat.com
Workbench information is stored in two places after you provision:
By default there will be a website
/tmpon student1’s control_node as part of the control_nodes role.
The provisioner currently supports creating DNS records per control node with valid SSL certs using Lets Encrypt. Right now DNS is only supported via AWS Route 53, however we are building it in a way that this can be more pluggable and take advantage of other public clouds.
This means that each student workbench will get an individual DNS entry. For example a DNS name will look like this:
aws. This can also be set to
summary_informationat the end of the
The Smart Management Lab relies on a prebuilt AMI for Red Hat Satellite Server. An example for building this AMI can be found here.
The Smart Management Lab also requires AWS DNS to be enabled. See sample vars for required configuration.
The Ansible Workshops are actually a collection. Every role is called using the FQCN (fully qualified collection name). For example to setup the control node (e.g. install Automation controller) we call the role
- include_role: name: ansible.workshops.control_node
This installs locally from Git (versus from Galaxy or Automation Hub). If the galaxy.yml version matches your installed version, it will skip the install (speed up provisioning). Using
developer_mode: true if your extra_vars will force installation every time. This is super common when you are editing a role and want to immediately see changes without publishing the collection.
If you want to contribute to the workshops, check out the contribution guide.
teardown_lab.yml playbook deletes all the training instances as well as local inventory files.
To destroy all the EC2 instances after training is complete:
ansible-playbook teardown_lab.yml -e @extra_vars.yml
ansible-playbook teardown_lab.yml -e @extra_vars.yml -e debug_teardown=true
There is a variable you can pass in within your extra_vars named
demo. When this keyword is defined it will install the specified demo from the Github repository https://github.com/ansible/product-demos.h
For example you can put:
Which will install all demos onto the Ansible Tower instance. Not all demos will work on any
workshop_type. Please refer to the Demo repository list.
For frequently asked questions see the FAQ
provision_lab.yml playbook creates a work bench for each student, configures them for password authentication, and creates an inventory file for each user with their IPs and credentials. An instructor inventory file is also created in the current directory which will let the instructor access the nodes of any student. This file will be called
What does the AWS provisioner take care of automatically?
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