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Ansible support for IBM i

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The article introduces Ansible support for IBM i.

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A new release 1.1.2 of Ansible Content for IBM Power Systems - IBM i has been released in both Ansible Galaxy and Red Hat Automation Hub. Please check out the latest information through below links:

IBM i collections in Ansible Galaxy: https://galaxy.ansible.com/ibm/power_ibmi

IBM i collections in Red Hat Automation Hub: https://cloud.redhat.com/ansible/automation-hub/ibm/power_ibmi

Documentation: https://ibm.github.io/ansible-for-i/index.html

What is Ansible?

Ansible is an open source software provisioning, configuration management, and application-deployment tool. It helps on automating, modeling and orchestrating highly complex IT workflows for multiple nodes. Details about Ansible can be found via the link here: https://www.ansible.com/.

Ansible and IBM i modules

IBM i systems can be configured and managed by Ansible running on Linux® partition, with IBM i specific modules installed. From system management and configuration perspective, there are many differences between IBM i and other types of operating systems such as Linux®. IBM i modules help on the tasks against native IBM i objects, database, securities as well as IFS environment. These modules with examples are open source and can be found via the link here: https://github.com/IBM/ansible-for-i

 

If Ansible 2.8 and above is used, the 'gather_facts ' needs to be disabled for IBM i partitions for now. You can disable 'gather_facts' in the playbook as follows:

- hosts: ibmi
  gather_facts: no
Interactive Ansible command and playbook samples for IBM i can be found via this link: https://github.com/IBM/ansible-for-i/tree/devel/playbooks.

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Product Synonym

IBM i; Ansible

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Modified date:
05 October 2020

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