Using Awx to deploy, schedule and run playbooks


In the previous tutorial, we deployed AWX. Kindly view the tutorial HERE. Now we will use AWX to deploy a simple playbook and show how to run, schedule, and manage jobs from the AWX console. Kindly check out some of my other guides: Openstack Deployment with Devstack, Deploying a load balancer from scratch and adding backend servers, how to monitor services using Zabbix, and how to set-up PowerShell on a Linux server.

First, log in to our Awx console using the admin credentials and create an inventory.


Next, Create a host. This host is where all your playbooks will be deployed on and add the IP address and description also select your test or default inventory


Create your credential. Ansible uses SSH Keys, however from AWX, you can use login credentials like username and password


The next step is to create a template. However, your template needs to have an existing playbook in the AWX server. Let’s create a sample uptime playbook to test.

cd /var/lib/awx/projects/ (The default awx directory)
mkdir playbook

mkdir playbook for your current project and create your playbook in the directory

vim uptime.yaml and paste the below content (In my case I used test.yaml)

 -hosts: all
  gather_facts: true
  become: yes
  become_user: root
  become_method: sudo

  - name: uptime
  command: uptime      
  register: uptime

Once done, we can go back to the dashboard and create our template


Save and launch


Now we can see if the task was successful


We can also schedule a playbook to be run daily, weekly or monthly. Go to template, click on the preferred template and navigate to schedule and add a schedule


Now you can view jobs to track the progress of playbooks. If they were successful or failed.


Using this, you can manage and run jobs for the lab environment and production environment also. AWX makes ansible more comfortable to use and allows control access, graphically manage, and synchronization of inventory. It also helps log all your jobs.

Now you can create your playbooks and run them from AWX.

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1 year ago

thanks for this article. can you please look over the published playbook above? when I try to use it I get no end of syntax error warnings in awx and I can’t follow the example. it starts with four dashes and yaml is supposed to start with three then it complains about other yaml syntax issues. thanks for fixing those.

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