Ansible is an open-source automation tool used for IT tasks such as configuration management, application deployment, and task automation. Installing Ansible on will allow you to manage your services from anywhere. This guide will walk you through the steps necessary to set up Ansible on


Before you begin, make sure you have the following:

  1. An account on with appropriate permissions to create and manage virtual machines.
  2. SSH access to your virtual machines.
  3. A basic understanding of SSH and Linux command line.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Log into

  1. Open your web browser and go to
  2. Log in with your credentials.

Step 2: Create a Virtual Machine

  1. Navigate to the dashboard.
  2. Click on “Create New VM” or a similar option to start the process of creating a new virtual machine.
  3. Choose the appropriate settings for your VM:
    • Operating System: Select a Linux distribution (e.g., Ubuntu, CentOS).
    • Resources: Allocate sufficient CPU, RAM, and storage based on your needs.
  4. Follow the prompts to finalize the VM creation.

Step 3: Access Your Virtual Machine

  1. Once the VM is created, find its public IP address.
  2. Use SSH to access the VM. Open your terminal and type:shCopy codessh username@your_vm_ip_address Replace username with your actual username and your_vm_ip_address with the VM’s public IP address.

Step 4: Update Your System

Before installing Ansible, ensure your system is up to date. Run the following commands:

shCopy codesudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade -y

For CentOS, use:

shCopy codesudo yum update -y

Step 5: Install Ansible

On Ubuntu:

  1. Add the Ansible PPA (Personal Package Archive):shCopy codesudo apt-add-repository --yes --update ppa:ansible/ansible
  2. Install Ansible:shCopy codesudo apt install ansible -y

On CentOS:

  1. Enable the EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) repository:shCopy codesudo yum install epel-release -y
  2. Install Ansible:shCopy codesudo yum install ansible -y

Step 6: Verify the Installation

Check if Ansible is installed correctly by running:

shCopy codeansible --version

You should see the version of Ansible and other relevant information.

Step 7: Configure Ansible

  1. Create an inventory file that lists the servers you want to manage. Create a directory for Ansible if it doesn’t already exist:shCopy codemkdir -p ~/ansible cd ~/ansible
  2. Create an inventory file:shCopy codenano inventory
  3. Add your managed nodes (replace node_ip with your server IPs):iniCopy code[webservers] node1 ansible_host= ansible_user=username node2 ansible_host= ansible_user=username [dbservers] node3 ansible_host= ansible_user=username
  4. Save and close the file.

Step 8: Test Ansible Connectivity

Run a simple command to test connectivity:

shCopy codeansible all -m ping -i inventory

If everything is set up correctly, you should see a “pong” response from each node.

Step 9: Create a Playbook

Create a playbook to automate tasks. For example, to install Apache on your webservers:

  1. Create a file named install_apache.yml:shCopy codenano install_apache.yml
  2. Add the following content:yamlCopy code--- - hosts: webservers become: yes tasks: - name: Install Apache apt: name: apache2 state: present when: ansible_os_family == "Debian" - name: Install Apache yum: name: httpd state: present when: ansible_os_family == "RedHat"
  3. Save and close the file.

Step 10: Run the Playbook

Execute the playbook to install Apache on your webservers:

shCopy codeansible-playbook -i inventory install_apache.yml


You have successfully installed Ansible on and configured it to manage your services from anywhere. You can now create and run playbooks to automate various tasks on your servers.

By following this guide, you can leverage Ansibleā€™s powerful automation capabilities to efficiently manage and maintain your infrastructure on

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