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Deploying to AWS with Ansible

This exercise provides a simple yet realistic task of deploying a basic website to dynamically provisioned AWS infrastructure. We will work with multiple AWS components through Ansible, and also perform basic web server configuration against a Linux host with Ansible. This exercise will help demonstrate a portion of the power provided by rolling cloud provisioning into deployment automation.

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  1. Challenge

    Run the Provided Playbook `/home/ansible/get-environment-details.yml` to Collect Necessary Environment Details

    1. After logging into the EC2 instance, become the ansible user:

      su - ansible

      The password is the same as it is for cloud_user.

    2. Run the following command:

      ansible-playbook /home/ansible/get-environment-details.yml
  2. Challenge

    Replace the word "placeholder" in `/home/ansible/env_vars.yml` with a Unique S3 Bucket Name

    1. Open /home/ansible/env_vars.yml with a text editor.
    2. Change the value placeholder to a unique S3 bucket name of your choosing.
      • Be sure to stick to the S3 naming conventions ( for details).
  3. Challenge

    Create a Playbook and Add a Play per the Lab Instructions

    1. Create /home/ansible/deploy.yml
    2. Add an Ansible play that configures your EC2 key pair, EC2 instance, and S3 bucket.
    3. Use the provided variable file for required parameter configuration.
  4. Challenge

    Add Another Play to Further Configure the New EC2 Instance

    1. Add another play that will:
      • Configure the new EC2 instance.
      • Install the httpd package
      • Start and enable the httpd service.
      • Deploy the provided template file into /var/www/html.
    2. Use /home/ansible/env_vars.yml for required parameter configuration values.
  5. Challenge

    Run `/home/ansible/deploy.yml` to Perform the Required Tasks

    Run the following command:

    ansible-playbook /home/ansible/deploy.yml

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