Ansible for an Absolute Beginner - Automation - DevOps

person icon Vikas Yadav

Ansible for an Absolute Beginner - Automation - DevOps

Learn Ansible from scratch as an absolute beginner in DevOps using hands-on practice exercises

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

language icon Language - English

person icon Vikas Yadav

architecture icon Development,Development Tools,DevOps


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Course Description

"Very clear explanation about DevOps too for beginner. It really helped me better understand the concept and what can of tasks I can automate better." ~ Student Testimonial

"Great course covering Ansible basics :) can't wait for other ones!" ~Student Testimonial

New to the world of DevOps and Automation? Awesome ,this course assumes you are an absolute beginner and I will teach you everything starting from scratch. 

In this course I will start with a basic introduction to DevOps and introduce concepts such Automation, configuration management , Pull vs Push architectures and YAML and how Ansible fits into this picture. Then I'll help you setup your lab system followed by a deep dive into the various Ansible concepts such as roles, inventory files, handlers. You'll have plenty of opportunity to practice what you've learnt with hands-on lab exercises. 

Real World Final Project

We'll finish strong by doing a Final Project to give you real world experience by automating deployment of Elasticsearch which is a SecDevOps tool used to analyse system/application log data using Ansible.

Why this course?

I have created this course with a focus on teaching skills from scratch, I try and explain each concept and keyword that is used during the course so that it is easier for you to learn these concepts and implement DevOps and Automation in real world. Here are some student testimonials

What is Ansible?

Ansible is a radically simple IT automation engine that automates cloud provisioning, configuration management, application deployment, intra-service orchestration, and many other IT needs.

Designed for multi-tier deployments since day one, Ansible models your IT infrastructure by describing how all of your systems inter-relate, rather than just managing one system at a time.

It uses no agents and no additional custom security infrastructure, so it's easy to deploy - and most importantly, it uses a very simple language (YAML, in the form of Ansible Playbooks) that allow you to describe your automation jobs in a way that approaches plain English.

Legal Notice:

Ansible® and Ansible Tower® are registered trademarks of Ansible, Inc. in the United States and other countries. This course is not certified, accredited, affiliated with, nor endorsed by Ansible, Inc.


What will you learn in this course:

  • DevOps fundamentals
  • Automation fundamentals
  • YAML fundamentals
  • Deep dive into Ansible Playbooks with Hands-On excercises
  • Understand how to setup and manage inventory files
  • Understand and setup Ansible roles with the help of hands-on excercise
  • Understand the different variables types in Ansible
  • Practice building an event handling system in your playbooks using handlers
  • Ansible Vault and securing your Ansible deployment
  • Automate provisioning of servers and applications


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • Basic understanding of Linux
  • Zeal to learn
Ansible for an Absolute Beginner - Automation - DevOps


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

7 Lectures
  • play icon Welcome 02:18 02:18
  • play icon Basics of Automation 03:24 03:24
  • play icon Basics of DevOps 01:48 01:48
  • play icon Basics of Configuration management 02:06 02:06
  • play icon Pull vs Push based configuration management architecture 02:32 02:32
  • play icon Ansible: A birds-eye view 02:29 02:29
  • play icon Overview of YAML 04:27 04:27
Lab Setup
8 Lectures
Ansible : First look
4 Lectures
Deep Dive into Inventory management
5 Lectures
Playbooks deep dive
5 Lectures
Gathering Facts
1 Lectures
4 Lectures
Organizing your playbooks
3 Lectures
Ansible Vault
1 Lectures
1 Lectures

Instructor Details

vikas yadav

vikas yadav

IT Engineer with experience in a broad range of technologies

Hi Everyone, 

I have been an IT engineer for over 11 years now, during this time I have worked in many fields like networking, systems engineering, virtualization, unified communications, and more recently Cyber Security. I love tweaking around with systems, deploying and configuring enterprise infrastructure and applications. 

On a personal level, I love reading about historical events and characters and have been trying to learn how to surf (to no avail ;)). 

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