Chapter 1. Ansible terminology

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The chapters in this title use the official Ansible terminology. If you are not familiar with the terminology, read the official Ansible upstream documentation before proceeding, especially the following sections:

  • The Basic concepts in Ansible section provides an overview of the most commonly used concepts in Ansible.
  • The User guide outlines the most common situations and questions when starting to use Ansible, such as using the command line; working with an inventory; interacting with data; writing tasks, plays, and playbooks; and executing playbooks.
  • How to build your inventory offers tips on how to design your inventory. An inventory is a list or a group of lists that Ansible uses to work against multiple managed nodes or hosts in your infrastructure.
  • Intro to playbooks introduces the concept of an Ansible playbook as a repeatable and re-usable system for managing configurations, deploying machines, and deploying complex applications.
  • The Ansible roles section explains how to automate loading variables, tasks, and handlers based on a known file structure.
  • The Glossary explains terms that are used elsewhere in the Ansible documentation.
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