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Enterprise Linux 8 Systems Administration Part 3
Automation with Ansible

(RH254 RHCE equivalent for RedHat, CentOS, Oracle Linux)

This five-day course covers the automated management of a large number of systems using the ansible utility. As with all our other courses, students have exclusive use of deskside servers, plus additional VMware hosted virtual machines.

This course is available to be run, fully resourced, at your site; see here for on-site details and prices.
An Introduction to Ansible book is available to purchase on Amazon, and will give a head start on the topics for this course.

This course helps with the preparation for several certifications, but is aimed mainly at RedHat Certified System Engineer (RHCSE) when combined with the Linux Enterprise Administration Part 1 and Part 2 courses. The course is suitable for any RedHat or rebuild distribution such as CentOS and Oracle Linux (OL).

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To become proficient in Linux Enterprise administration to a level required for the RedHat RHCE exam.

COURSE DATES:  This course is only available at the client site, fully resourced. Dates by arrangement.

INTENSITY: About 30% of the course is practicals, and 70% lectures

RESOURCE: Each student will have exclusive use of a fully equipped Dell server for the duration of the course, plus VMWare VMs. Each student will be provided with a full set of training notes, and quick reference cards to assist with file editing and Linux commands. A full reference for Linux resources will also be provided in the notes.

PREREQUISITES: RHCSA-level knowledge required, as provided by the Enterprise Linux 8 Administration Part 1 and Part 2 courses.

FOLLOW UPS: First Alternative also offers an extensive range of Solaris courses. (On-site at client premises only).

PRACTICALS / TAKEAWAYS: Each student leaves the course with their own set of training notes for the material covered; around 120 pages per day of training. Quick reference sheets are supplied as appropriate.

Every student who attends this course will be issued with a signed certificate of course completion, which we will be happy to "authenticate" upon future request.

SOFTWARE VERSIONS: We currently use CentOS Linux 8.2 which is the equivalent to RedHat 8.2 and OL 8.2.



Introduction to Ansible
Describe Ansible capabilities and install Ansible on RedHat and CentOS systems.
Deploy Ansible and Configure Managed Hosts
Configure the Ansible control node. Configure managed hosts and run ad-hoc commands.
Simple playbooks and inventories
Create inventories. Write a simple playbook and run it against multiple managed hosts.
Variables and facts
Use variables to extend the management of the playbook, and use facts to garner information about managed hosts.
Control tasks
Manage task control and errors in playbooks.
Distribute files to managed hosts
Deploy, manage, and change files on managed hosts.
Create Large projects
Playbooks for larger, more involved projects.
Simplify playbooks with RedHat roles
Learn how to develop playbooks more quickly with pre-defined roles and reuse Ansible code.
Troubleshoot playbooks and managed hosts.
Automate Linux administration tasks
Automate common system administration tasks..


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