With no-end in sight and post-it notes stuck everywhere. Two A.M. maintenance windows and a clueless change review manager rejecting desperately needed work.
You are building up technical debt like a mortgage broker in the housing boom.
You have kicked off yet-another-automation-project and you are betting against it (current odds are 3:1...against).
Every day a new pile of requests and manual changes are required.
ssh -l kbyers 10.10.20.254 conf t int gi 0/0 switchport access vlan 199 end ssh -l kbyers 10.10.30.1 conf t int gig 0/22 enough...
But all of your previous automation attempts have ended in disaster.
Ended in a mess of Perl code, regular expression hieroglyphics, a hope, a prayer—and then an ignominious death.
Your previous automation system was a system-of-one...a system only John understood; only John maintained, and when John left, the system ended.
But the work is relentless.
Marketing is yelling at you. The DBA is blaming you for bad network performance. You have seven new trouble-tickets and eight new ACL changes.
There must be some other way...there must be a way to build an automation system that endures.
Automation that isn't just one more pointless company project.
There must be a systematic approach to automation where you can leverage the work of others.
Automation with a framework that you can build upon. Automation with resources and books and a community behind it. Automation that doesn't just end and leaves you no better than when you started.
Ansible is one such automation framework.
Ansible enables a systematic approach to network automation. It has a modular architecture that promotes and enables code reuse. It has an integrated device inventory that includes the capability of pulling information from a central inventory system. It has a readable scripting syntax based on YAML.
Ansible also has a large community of network engineers and developers working on reusable software components that you can leverage in your environment. A large community of engineers that you can learn from, ask questions to, and who can help you get pointed in the right direction.
But Ansible comes with its own splitting headache and indigestion.
Ansible has multiple-layers of obscure syntax and strict indentation requirements. It is overly difficult when dealing with logic and data structures. It also has obscure error messages hidden in JSON.
What is a network engineer to do?
Use a framework, use a systematic approach, but try to get over the hurdles and difficulties of the framework quickly and in a structured way.
That is what this course strives to do—get you quickly up to speed with Ansible Network Automation in a structured and systematic way.
Allowing you to create automation that (hopefully) will endure and provide ongoing benefits to you and your organization.
The course is an eight-week email-course. Each week you will receive a lesson that contains a set of videos, some additional content, and some exercises. I will post solutions to the exercises online. Both the Plus and Premium Packages will have a community forum where you can ask questions, post code, and interact with me and with the other students.
Yes, the lab environment will consist of a set of virtual and physical network devices and at least one AWS-Linux server. I will install a set of libraries in the lab environment; this will enable you to get working quickly. The lab environment will have a mixture of vendors and platforms (Cisco IOS, Cisco NX-OS, Juniper, Arista).
You need to be familiar with basic network engineering (routing, switching, SNMP, Cisco CLI configuration). You also need to be at least somewhat familiar with Linux. You should know the basics of how to move around the Linux file system, execute a script, and edit a file.
There are no programming prerequisites for this course.
Ansible has a large community of engineers and programmers working on creating, improving, and helping with network automation. It has a systematic approach to inventory, a modular architecture that promotes code-reuse, and a large set of modules for interfacing to networking devices.
The community forum is a web forum where students can interact including posting code, asking questions, code reviews, and recommendations on Ansible resources. You will gain access to the forum by purchasing either the Plus or the Premium Package. Access to the forum will last for the duration of the course.
If you are not satisfied with the course, there is a 30-day money back guarantee (from the start of the course). No questions asked.
My name is Kirk Byers.
In the fall of 2010, I started on a journey to: 1)build a product business, 2)become a programmer, and 3)be a father (probably not the best idea to try all these things at once).
I am into Python, Ansible, networking, and figuring out how to combine these to automate networking tasks. I am a CCIE (emeritus) in routing and switching and have extensive Python and Ansible experience.
Since late 2013, I have been teaching and writing about using Python and Ansible for network automation. I have taught network automation training sessions to large Fortune500 companies and to thousands of engineers through my Python for Network Engineers series.
Yes, yes I get it...you are great and all that, but why should I learn Ansible from you?
I have spent numerous hours over the last several years using Ansible, working on network automation, and teaching network automation to engineers world-wide and from this I have gained a considerable amount of experience and knowledge.
I can help you apply Ansible to network automation also.
"I recently attended a technical job interview, which had a "coding challenge" component because they are looking for Network Engineers with scripting experience. I was able to complete the challenge fairly easily, and I don't think I could have done it without what I learnt from you.
"I've been able to turn 300-hour jobs into 40-hour jobs, learned a lot about coding and wrote some zero-touch-deployment tools for Cisco switches. Thanks for helping me get started with all this, your course made coding so much more personally relevant, because I could solve problems that mattered to me—networking ones.