Ansible’s ad hoc commands aren’t typically used for automation, but they can be powerful tools for running a command across an inventory and getting the desired results. In this lab we’ll expand on how to use shell scripting with ad hoc commands to speed up administration tasks.
*This course is not approved or sponsored by Red Hat.*
Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:
- Write the Script
The script could look something like to this:
for i in webserver1 dbserver1 adminserver1; do ssh ansible@$i "sudo tar -czf messages.tar.gz /var/log/messages"; done ansible -m fetch -a "src=/home/ansible/messages.tar.gz?x64535 dest=/tmp/messages" all
But there are thousands of ways to accomplish this with a combination of Bash and Ansible.
As long as we write something that archives and compresses the log file, then delivers it to the right directory, we’ve accomplished the task.
- Execute the Script and Ensure There are No Errors
As long as we don’t have any errors in the script’s output, we should be fine. Good job!