Ansible & Windows – Common Questions

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    Here are the answers to some common Ansible/Windows questions:

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    Walkthrough/Tutorial to setup Ansible to manage Windows Hosts: https://youtu.be/aPN18jLRkJI

    The Questions:
    1) Can you install Ansible on Windows?
    2) What versions of Windows are supported by Ansible?
    3) Can I use SSH KEYs to authenticate to a windows host?
    4) What can Ansible run on Windows?
    5) Can I connect to Windows hosts over SSH?
    6) Is WinRM secure?

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    ** UPDATE **
    If you install the Win32 OpenSSH package, you can then use SSH Keys to authenticate to Windows
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    All the links:
    Ansible FAQ: https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/latest/user_guide/windows_faq.html
    Ansible Windows Collection: https://galaxy.ansible.com/ansible/windows
    Setup a Windows Host: https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/latest/user_guide/windows_setup.html#windows-setup
    Walkthrough/Tutorial to setup Ansible to manage Windows Hosts: https://youtu.be/aPN18jLRkJI

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    1. Hey, just to point out, that if you install the Win32 OpenSSH package, you can then use SSH Keys to authenticate to Windows. That's how we're doing it where I work, and we're using SSH Certificates to create Keys that have short validity periods, that allow enough to time to complete the task before becoming invalid. This works best with the latest Win32 OpenSSH obtained from MS's GitHub repo as the versions built into Server 2019/2022 are a bit behind.