Combine Git and Ansible to Manage Website Files

30 minutes
  • 2 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

Adam Clegane loves cats. He loves them so much he’s decided to have a bunch of pictures taken of them to publish on a website. Now that the website code has been written, it’s time to deploy his masterpiece. The website, along with some irrelevant files, are located in this [GitHub link](https://github.com/linuxacademy/content-ex447-ansible-best-practice).

You’ve been contracted to deploy the website to a newly provisioned server. The customer already has an Ansible host set up for your use, but there’s no software to serve a web page installed. You’ll have to use Ansible to install a web server and use `git` to pull down the website repository.

>**Note:** Make sure to elevate to `root` once logged in. The reason for this is because of how the lab server’s version of Ansible is installed.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Write a Playbook to Install ‘git’ and ‘httpd’ on the Web Server

The provisioned web server currently doesn’t have either git or httpd installed. To resolve this, we need to use an Ansible playbook to install the required software.

Note: We will be using the term httpd and "Apache" interchangeably throughout this lab.

Clone the Provided Repo and Provision the Website Files

Now that git is installed, we can clone the provided Git repository and put the files where they need to go. Finally, we can verify the website loads correctly.

Additional Resources

There are 2 tasks to accomplish for this hands-on lab.

  1. Install both git and httpd on the "WebServer1" server using Ansible.

    Note: We will be using the term httpd and "Apache" interchangeably throughout this lab.

  2. Clone the provided git repository and deploy the website stored there. Verify the deployment worked by visiting the website.

The website is located in this GitHub link.

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