Using Ansible to Manage install and update Apple OSX DHCP clients



  • Ok. I made a skeleton repo for you here. This is how I set up all of my playbooks. I use a single repo for most of my playbooks and then the roles have their own repositories (because they're called in with Galaxy). I never use the /etc/ansible directory because of permissions issues and it's not portable. You can take this one step further and use a virtualenv but that's for later after you get this working.

    It will be easiest if you fork this and have your own. Clone your copy locally and then put your playbook(s) in the top level folder of the repository. In the inventory directory, add a file called macs or whatever your group is called, but still add the group name in the file like you would normally. It's just a nice way to be able to separate things out logically so you can see them easier. Also add any group_vars if you have them.

    Add your role to the roles/requirements.yml file. Once you've added all of your files to your repo, commit your changes. Then run make roles. It will remove any roles you've installed, and then reinstall them. Now you should be ready to run the playbook.

    You can also run make clean and it will reset your repository to the latest commit. So if you want to keep the work make sure to commit.


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    Okay so this is my existing tree.

    /etc/ansible/
    ├── ansible.cfg
    ├── apple.yml
    ├── clients
    ├── default.config.yml
    ├── hosts
    ├── main.yml
    ├── playbook-skeleton
    │   ├── ansible.cfg
    │   ├── group_vars
    │   │   └── README
    │   ├── inventory
    │   │   ├── apple_workstations
    │   │   └── dev
    │   ├── library
    │   │   └── README
    │   ├── Makefile
    │   └── roles
    │       └── requirements.yml
    ├── requirements.yml
    ├── roles
    │   ├── ansible-role-homebrew
    │   │   ├── defaults
    │   │   │   └── main.yml
    │   │   ├── handlers
    │   │   │   └── main.yml
    │   │   ├── LICENSE
    │   │   ├── meta
    │   │   │   └── main.yml
    │   │   ├── README.md
    │   │   ├── requirements.yml
    │   │   ├── tasks
    │   │   │   ├── main.yml
    │   │   │   └── playbook.yml
    │   │   └── tests
    │   │       ├── local-testing
    │   │       │   ├── playbook.yml
    │   │       │   └── README.md
    │   │       └── test.yml
    │   ├── elliotweiser.osx-command-line-tools
    │   │   ├── ansible.cfg
    │   │   ├── CONTRIBUTING.md
    │   │   ├── defaults
    │   │   │   └── main.yml
    │   │   ├── handlers
    │   │   │   └── main.yml
    │   │   ├── LICENSE
    │   │   ├── meta
    │   │   │   └── main.yml
    │   │   ├── molecule
    │   │   │   ├── default
    │   │   │   │   ├── create.yml
    │   │   │   │   ├── destroy.yml
    │   │   │   │   ├── molecule.yml
    │   │   │   │   └── prepare.yml
    │   │   │   ├── elcapitan.sh
    │   │   │   ├── highsierra.sh
    │   │   │   ├── mojave.sh
    │   │   │   ├── sierra.sh
    │   │   │   ├── unset.sh
    │   │   │   └── yosemite.sh
    │   │   ├── README.md
    │   │   ├── tasks
    │   │   │   └── main.yml
    │   │   ├── tests
    │   │   │   ├── inventory
    │   │   │   ├── playbook.yml
    │   │   │   ├── test_default.py
    │   │   │   ├── test-requirements.txt
    │   │   │   └── version_check.py
    │   │   └── vars
    │   │       └── main.yml
    │   └── geerlingguy.homebrew
    │       ├── defaults
    │       │   └── main.yml
    │       ├── handlers
    │       │   └── main.yml
    │       ├── LICENSE
    │       ├── meta
    │       │   └── main.yml
    │       ├── README.md
    │       ├── requirements.yml
    │       ├── tasks
    │       │   ├── main.yml
    │       │   └── playbook.yml
    │       └── tests
    │           ├── local-testing
    │           │   ├── playbook.yml
    │           │   └── README.md
    │           └── test.yml
    └── ssh.sh
    
    29 directories, 61 files
    

    The make command wasn't found so I installed make. Running make roles from within the /etc/ansible/playbook-skeleton I got

    make roles
    git clean -fdx roles
    ansible-galaxy install -r roles/requirements.yml
    - extracting ansible-role-homebrew to /etc/ansible/playbook-skeleton/roles/ansible-role-homebrew
    - ansible-role-homebrew was installed successfully
    - adding dependency: elliotweiser.osx-command-line-tools
    - downloading role 'osx-command-line-tools', owned by elliotweiser
    - downloading role from https://github.com/elliotweiser/ansible-osx-command-line-tools/archive/2.2.1.tar.gz
    - extracting elliotweiser.osx-command-line-tools to /etc/ansible/playbook-skeleton/roles/elliotweiser.osx-command-line-tools
    - elliotweiser.osx-command-line-tools (2.2.1) was installed successfully


  • @DustinB3403 said in Using Ansible to Manage install and update Apple OSX DHCP clients:

    Okay so this is my existing tree.

    The make command wasn't found so I installed make. Running make roles from within the /etc/ansible/playbook-skeleton I got

    make roles
    git clean -fdx roles
    ansible-galaxy install -r roles/requirements.yml

    • extracting ansible-role-homebrew to /etc/ansible/playbook-skeleton/roles/ansible-role-homebrew
    • ansible-role-homebrew was installed successfully
    • adding dependency: elliotweiser.osx-command-line-tools
    • downloading role 'osx-command-line-tools', owned by elliotweiser
    • downloading role from https://github.com/elliotweiser/ansible-osx-command-line-tools/archive/2.2.1.tar.gz
    • extracting elliotweiser.osx-command-line-tools to /etc/ansible/playbook-skeleton/roles/elliotweiser.osx-command-line-tools
    • elliotweiser.osx-command-line-tools (2.2.1) was installed successfully

    I think your missing my point. Don't use /etc/ansible.

    Clone the repo somewhere in your home directory that you store your projects and run everything from there.


  • Banned

    @stacksofplates eh. . .

    Can I just use mv at this point?



  • @DustinB3403 said in Using Ansible to Manage install and update Apple OSX DHCP clients:

    @stacksofplates eh. . .

    Can I just use mv at this point?

    I mean you can but that's the reason this is all in a repo, so you can just check it out anywhere.



  • Plus your tree doesn't have the inventory directory which the ansible.cfg file is looking for.


  • Banned

    @stacksofplates said in Using Ansible to Manage install and update Apple OSX DHCP clients:

    Plus your tree doesn't have the inventory directory which the ansible.cfg file is looking for.

    pwd
    /home/ansi/playbook-skeleton
    # tree
    .
    ├── ansible.cfg
    ├── group_vars
    │   └── README
    ├── inventory
    │   ├── apple_workstations
    │   └── dev
    ├── library
    │   └── README
    ├── Makefile
    └── roles
    	└── requirements.yml
    
    4 directories, 7 files

  • Banned

    Hopefully that's better?



  • @DustinB3403 said in Using Ansible to Manage install and update Apple OSX DHCP clients:

    Hopefully that's better?

    Yeah. I mean I'm not trying to make you do it certain way, but if you want to use that skeleton, it's looking for things in a certain directory unless you modify it.



  • So I'd put your playbook in /etc/ansi/playbook-skeleton and then you can run make roles to install the role (after you add it to the requirements.yml of course).


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    @stacksofplates said in Using Ansible to Manage install and update Apple OSX DHCP clients:

    So I'd put your playbook in /etc/ansi/playbook-skeleton and then you can run make roles to install the role (after you add it to the requirements.yml of course).

    okay so everything is in

    /home/ansi/playbook-skeleton

    With that, I need to make a playbook to do brew stuff, right?

    Any pointers on where to go?



  • @DustinB3403 said in Using Ansible to Manage install and update Apple OSX DHCP clients:

    @stacksofplates said in Using Ansible to Manage install and update Apple OSX DHCP clients:

    So I'd put your playbook in /etc/ansi/playbook-skeleton and then you can run make roles to install the role (after you add it to the requirements.yml of course).

    okay so everything is in

    /home/ansi/playbook-skeleton

    With that, I need to make a playbook to do brew stuff, right?

    Any pointers on where to go?

    What was in your apple.yml playbook?


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    @stacksofplates Nothing now, I blew it all away.



  • @DustinB3403 said in Using Ansible to Manage install and update Apple OSX DHCP clients:

    @stacksofplates Nothing now, I blew it all away.

    Ok. So here https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/latest/user_guide/playbooks.html has pretty much everything you could want, but for a short start here's what I would do:

    ---
    - name: Set up Macs
      hosts: apple_workstations
      user: dustin
      become: true
    
      tasks:
        - include_role:
            name: role-name
    

    That should be a good simple start. You can pass any variables to the role by doing this:

    tasks:
      - include_role:
          name: role-name
        vars: 
          key: value
    


  • This is a good starter video:

    Youtube Video