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Using Templates with Ansible

Templating is a powerful tool that we can add to our Ansible arsenal, enabling us to set up some interesting configurations quickly. This lab will help us practice with that tool. *This course is not approved or sponsored by Red Hat.*

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Clock icon Beginner
Clock icon 15m
Clock icon Oct 18, 2019

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  1. Challenge

    Write a Template to Replace the Document Root in httpd.conf and Any Other Configurations Required

    Using the provided httpd.template, replace all occurences of /var/www/ with {{ variable_name}} - similar to the following. This will let us update the directory with the use of a variable:

    <Directory />
       AllowOverride none
       Require all denied
    DocumentRoot "{{ webdir }}html"
    <Directory "{{ webdir }}">
       AllowOverride None
       Require all granted

    Note that there are more places /var/www needs to be changed to {{ variable name }}, these are just two.

  2. Challenge

    Write a Playbook to Deploy the Template to the webserver Group

    Your playbook should look similar to this:

    - name: Template playbook
      hosts: webservers
      become: yes
       webdir: '/opt/'
       - name: Deploy the web template
          src: /root/httpd.template
          dest: /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

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