Ansible 201 Network Automation

Code: ANS201NA
Duration: 5 Days
Delivery methods:   Classroom, Virtual Learning, Onsite Event
Price per delegate: $2,395.00
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Course Description

Continue your studies of Ansible, with a focus on automating common elements within the network. In addition to Ansible, students will study enough Python to understand Ansible’s plugin architecture. Lessons and labs focus on using both Python and Ansible to interact with and configure your network devices. At the conclusion of this course, you will return to work empowered with skills necessary to automate network management. This class is a combination of live demonstrations and hands-on labs with virtual network devices and endpoints as targets for your configuration.

Target Student

  • Network Administrators
  • Ansible Developers
  • Python Developers
  • Administrators interested in Automation
  • Individuals interested in DevOps, specifically for networking

Course Objectives

  • Version controlling code with Git
  • Open SSH sessions and pass commands to remote servers
  • Remotely open CLI to network devices
  • Move files via SFTP
  • Overview of Ansible modules
  • Ansible collections for network automation
  • Custom Ansible modules with Python
  • Best practices for automating the management and configuration of network devices
  • AI LLM prompt engineering for Python snippets and jumpstarting solutions

Course Content

AI LLM Toolkit

  • Lecture + Lab: Large Language Model toolkit for AI Solution Assistance

Software Control Management

  • Lecture + Lab: SCM Option #1 - GitHub
  • Lecture + Lab: SCM Option #2 - GitLab

Python and Ansible Overlap

  • Lecture: Introducing Python
  • Lecture + Lab: Getting dir(obj) help() and pydoc
  • Lecture: Data Types for Python and Ansible
  • Lecture + Lab: Python Lists
  • Lecture + Lab: Python Dictionaries
  • Lecture: Ansible Playbook Components
  • Lecture + Lab: Running a Playbook
  • Lecture + Lab: Debug and URI Module
  • Lecture + Lab: Debug, Loops, and YAML Lists

API Operations

  • Lecture: RESTful APIs and JSON
  • Lecture + Lab: Exploring Open APIs
  • Lecture + Lab: Ansible Keywords: register and when
  • Lecture + Lab: API Tokens with Python and Ansible

SSH Operations

  • Lecture: SSH Operations
  • Lecture + Lab: Paramiko vs Ansible - SSH with RSA Keys
  • Lecture + Lab: Paramiko - SFTP with UN and PW
  • Lecture: Ansible for SSH operations
  • Lecture + Lab: Ansible “raw” Module

Ansible Tools

  • Lecture + Lab: Jinja2 Filters
  • Lecture + Lab: Ansible, Python Methods, and Jinja Filters

Switches and Routers

  • Lecture: Netmiko
  • Lecture + Lab: Running Netmiko
  • Lecture + Lab: Network Playbooks, Set Fact, and Fail
  • Lecture + Lab: Ansible Get Switch Config and Archive
  • Lecture + Lab: Agnostic Network Modules
  • Lecture + Lab: Ansible and TextFSM

Playbook Design

  • Lecture + Lab: Network Playbook Error Handling
  • Lecture + Lab: Network Playbook Precheck
  • Lecture + Lab: Network Playbooks with Roles and Rollbacks

Ansible Workflow

  • Lecture + Lab: Ansible Collections
  • Lecture: Ansible Workflow
  • Lecture + Lab: ansible-runner


  • Lecture + Lab: Securing Playbooks with Vault
  • Lecture + Lab: Playbook Vars Prompts

Building out Playbooks

  • Lecture + Lab: Ansible Module - template
  • Lecture + Lab: Ansible and APIs

Python and Ansible

  • Lecture + Lab: Running a script with Ansible
  • Lecture + Lab: YAML, JSON, Dynamic, and Cloud Inventories
  • Lecture + Lab: Writing an Ansible Module with Python
  • Lecture + Lab: When to Use Python or Ansible

Playbook Tests

  • Lecture + Lab: Roles and Molecule

Case Study

  • Lecture + Lab: Ansible for Palo Alto PanOS and Panorama

Optional Prerequisites

  • Ansible 101 - Ansible Essentials
  • Coding experience in another language serves as an adequate prerequisite

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