Getting started with Ansible 13 – Adding Users & Bootstrapping


    Ansible is an incredible configuration management and provisioning utility that enables you to automate all the things. In this series, you’ll learn everything you need to know in order to use Ansible for your day-to-day administration duties. In video 13, we’ll look at adding a user, and then we’ll set up Ansible to use a specific user for running tasks. Also, we’ll walk through creating a bootstrap playbook specifically for adding new nodes.

    Full series:
    Part 1 (Introduction):
    Part 2 (SSH Overview & Setup):
    Part 3 (Setting up the Git Repository):
    Part 4 (Running Commands):
    Part 5 (Running Elevated Commands):
    Part 6 (Writing our First Playbook):
    Part 7 (The ‘when’ Conditional):
    Part 8 (Improving your Playbook):
    Part 9 (Targeting Specific Nodes):
    Part 10 (Tags):
    Part 11 (Managing Files):
    Part 12 (Managing Services):
    Part 13 (Adding Users): This video
    Part 14 (Roles):
    Part 15 (Host Variables):
    Part 16 (Templates):

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    1. on my Centos Stream 8 i was getting crazy with the following error:
      ERROR! couldn't resolve module/action 'authorized_key'. This often indicates a misspelling, missing collection, or incorrect module path.
      It turned out i was missing a collection.
      Fixed installing it:
      ansible-galaxy collection install ansible.posix

    2. very cool course thank you so very much. it was cool updating a couple of machines, but things started to stink when i had six. now i push one command and every server is done. what a time and pain saver! thank you again for taking the time to make this and all of your videos. you have taught me so much and i really appreciate it .

    3. Hi Jay, I have a question. When I build a Ubuntu VM or server I ofcourse create a linux user and I already pull down the SSH keys from github with the option in the installer. So I dont want to make an other user: simone for example but I want to use my already made user: user_example. Is this possible with the config you made?

    4. Thanks for great videos!

      I have ran into a issue with the bootstrap playbook: When in your case the ansible.cfg has "remote_user" set to simone, Ansible will try to use that user when the bootstrap playbook is executed. But in fact the servers default user, such as root, ubuntu or whatever should be used for the bootstrap.
      This can be solved by adding the argument "-u default_user_on_server" to the ansible-playbook command.

    5. No matter what I do I get the following error when running bootstrap.yml:

      " FAILED! => {"changed": false, "msg": "Unsupported parameters for (apt) module: update Supported parameters include: allow_unauthenticated, autoclean, autoremove, cache_valid_time, deb, default_release, dpkg_options, force, force_apt_get, install_recommends, only_upgrade, package, policy_rc_d, purge, state, update_cache, upgrade"}"

    6. Thank you very much for this fantastic and very good explained playlist about ansible! I got it up and running with little confusions (ubuntu 20.04.1 does not really work with ansible_distribution variable, but 18.04.5 does!), but it is now running for nearly 15 virtual server under Proxmox and i am very happy about it 🙂 Thanks for your efforts and keep on doing this great job!