Configuration Management Tool

Ansible error: Server unreachable, ssl: auth method ssl requires a password

When you ping a remote device with any of the remote Ad-Hoc commands as shown below, the above error will be prompted.

ansible win -m win_ping
ansible all -i hosts -m win_ping

The error above might be prompted if you do not have the host inventory file configured correctly, because in the /etc/ansible/hosts file, the password was not specified and the Ansible WinRM server cert validation was not set to ignore. This behaviour is intentional.

- ansible_pass=SecretPasswordGoesHere
- ansible_winrm_server_cert_validation=ignore

Complete the host file as shown above. When this these parameters are entered correctly, the following errors will no longer be prompted.

I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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