Ansible AWX – Taking a simple VMWare Center deployment even further with NetBox.

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Is the end nigh for my IP Address spreadsheet? In my last post I mentioned how much I disdained managing IP addresses. Well in this post I am going to show you how I am slowly fighting off the beast that is the IP address management spreadsheet (or whatever you want to call it). The […]

Ansible AWX – Deploying a VM with VMWare VCenter

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Ansible AWX for those who have never heard or used it, is a server that simply runs Ansible playbooks. It is the open source community version of Ansible Tower and sits up stream, think of it like Red Hat’s Fedora. Pretty much AWX can do everything Tower can do. If you wish to find out […]

Automating & Scripting The Network with Ansible – Palo Alto: Create tag objects, and attach to network address objects.

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Hope everyone had a great Easter break! You know I have to say this little mini series has been really fun for me, it has also been super easy. I hope if you have access to a Palo Alto and are slightly interested in getting started with moving your network changes to code you start […]

Automating & Scripting The Network with Ansible – Palo Alto: Create Address Objects and put them into Address Object Groups

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Hey everyone, In my last post I went over how we make individual address objects in a Palo with Ansible. Following up on it, it would only make sense that we put them into a group. Why? Because object groups are amazing! They are a great organizational tool that has existed for many security appliances […]

Automating & Scripting The Network with Ansible – Palo Alto: Deploy Address Objects

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Hey guys, I know it has been some time since I posted something, I have been quite busy with family, work and studies and I haven’t had really anything that I wanted to post on. However as I have been developing my skills in Python and Ansible, I have come up with some material which […]

Project 1 – Ansible – Deploy New Network & Network Security – Stage 4 – Deploy ACL’s

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Welcome back, there has been a brief delay in the regularity of this post due to simply not knowing a few things and having to learn them. This is precisely the point of this project after all. Now at the start of this project I did state there would be a situation where I would […]

Project 1 – Ansible – Deploy New Network & Network Security – Stage 3 – Deploy VLANs to Cisco NX-OS Core Switch

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Moving on from the success of the previous playbook, I now needed to deploy changes onto the 1 NXOS 9k virtual switch. The changes that will be deployed here will help you to see and give shape to the network that I am building for my hosts in this made up LAB1 network. With this […]

Project 1 – Ansible – Stage 2 – Deploy New Network & Network Security

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Wow, what an epic trip this was for me personally putting this playbook together. It actually started off very simple but then I started question myself and say to myself how to I prevent me deploying this kind of change in a real world prod environment and not breaking anything. How can I ensure consistency […]

Ansible Project – Deploy a New Network & Network Security Policies

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So the last 6 weeks, have been an incredibly enjoyable and at times frustrating (there were times I was close to giving up and thinking I simply was not smart enough for this!), but ultimately it has been thoroughly rewarding. It is great when all the learning you have put so much effort into starts […]

Ansible Learnings – Week 6 – Automating Docker Deployments – Minecraft Servers!

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So I played with docker on the weekend to make my son a MineCraft server because he wanted one and I was thinking – “Well I have been how great docker (and Kubernetes is), why not see if there is a docker container for MineCraft (MC), and sure enough there is so lets give this […]