Mastering Ansible Automation for Network Engineers

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100% Hands-On Ansible Training with Beginner to Advanced Level Topics – Using Network Automation SSH, REST API Examples

What you’ll learn

  • Master Ansible Network Automation from scratch. No prior coding experience is needed. 100% Hands-on demonstration
  • Elevate your career as a future-ready Network Automation Engineer, equipped with cutting-edge skills and expertise
  • REST API Automation using Ansible GET, POST, PUT, PATCH DELETE operation sto Devices
  • SSH Automation and Leverage TextFSM, NTC templates and PyATS CLI Parsers in Ansible for device configuration Parsing
  • Learn to use Ansible Network resource modules such as cisco ios_facts, ios_config, ios_comands, ios_interfaces, ios_l3_interfaces, ios_static_routes
  • Use RegEX Filters in Ansible for custom config parsing
  • In-depth understanding on Ansible valut for encrypting/decrypting variables and files
  • Cisco IOS Resource Modules
  • PaloAlto Firewall Automation using Ansible Examples
  • Gain Beginner to Advanced knowledge on Ansible Playbook and Task Options
  • Explore Jinja2 templating for dynamic configuration Generation using host or group variables
  • Understand ansible Magic Variables, hostvars, play_vars, include_vars, group_vars, host_vars with examples
  • Learn advanced playbook features such as loops, conditionals, handlers , block, rescue and assert
  • Lab setup using GNS3 VM and VS Code as the IDE for Playbooks with SSH remote development extension
  • Utilize Ansible roles and collections for modular and reusable automation.
  • Implement automation solutions across Network Devices such as routers switches etc
  • Optimize Ansible playbook strategies and parallelism for faster execution
  • Ansible’s inventory and configuration file management
  • Understand Ansible Core vs Community
  • Create ansible custom modules using Python Script
  • Ansible include vs improt with task roles and playbooks examples
  • Ansible task options, play options and debugger
  • Clear explanation on Ansible’s Variable Precedence
  • Ansible loops conditionals and exception handling
  • How to use Ansible’s filter and lookup plugins
  • How to use Network device resource module for configuration management
  • REST API Automation using Ansible
  • Configuration Parsing using Ansible RegEx
  • Brief Introduction to Ansible automation frameworks such as Ansible AWX


  • No prior Ansible or Python knowledge is required. You will learn everything you need to know
  • Need knowledge on basic Networking concepts (What is SSH, Basic Interface Configurations in Router and Switches)
  • Basics of Routing Protocols (static routes and dynamic routes) and Switching Protocols (vlans ) configuration knowledge
  • Basic Understanding on setting up Cisco images in: GNS3 or EVE-NG
  • Softwares used: Windows (Primary OS), VMWare Player,Ubuntu OS(VM), Ansible CLI, VSCode, GNS3VM


Learn Ansible Automation skills from scratch to an advanced level for automating your Network.

Gain an in-depth understanding of Ansible Playbook and Task Options
For attending this course you don’t need any prior coding experience.

100% Hands-on demonstration of the concepts using Network Automation Usecases

The IDE is VS Code and Cisco devices will be used for demonstrating most of the device interactions.(vIOS, IOS-XE)

Below are the topics in high level

  • The course will be starting with how to setup Lab for Ansible Network Automation Practice
  • Install and Setup Ubuntu OS VM for ansible
  • Setup VSCode for SSH remote development
  • Ansible installation in the Python VIrtual Environment
  • Ansible Core and Community difference
  • Inventory and Config file setup
  • YAML File ,Playbook fundamentals and Ansible Lint
  • SSH Keybased Authentication to Cisco devices from Ansible
  • Ansible Vault for encrypting files and variables
  • Demonstration of Ansible Vault ID
  • group_vars and host_vars
  • Handle device specific variables and configurations effectively
  • Explore advanced features of Ansible CLI
  • cisco ios_facts and ios_commands module
  • cisco ios_config module explained in detail
  • PaloAlto Firewall Galaxy Collections Examples
  • PaloAlto Address Objects, Object Groups and Security Rule automation using Ansible
  • Cisco config diff, parent command, before, after, match and replace options
  • ios config backup options
  • Configuration backup and save option
  • Cisco ios resource modules
  • cisco interfaces, l3_interfaces and l2_interfaces resource module
  • cisco ios_user and static_route module
  • CLI Parsers
  • pyATS, ntc_templates and TextFSM Parsers
  • Ansible  Magic Variables
  • hostvars and play_vars
  • set_fact vs vars explained
  • Ansible Variable precedence explained in detail
  • Ansible filter Plugins
  • default, ternary, dict2items, items2dict filters
  • to_json, from_json, to_yaml, from_yaml  filters
  • zip, combine, map,json_query(using JMES Path) filters
  • ip_address, url and datetime filters
  • list operations and string manipulation using filters
  • RegEX Filters
  • Regex search, find_all and replace filters
  • Jinja2 templates example
  • jinja2 for loop and include option
  • jinja2 in ios_config module
  • embed code in jinja2 template
  • lookup Plugins
  • file lookup, template lookup plugins
  • vars, env and pipe lookup plugins
  • Loops and Conditionals :  loops, until and when
  • Play Options
    • ansible play strategies, forks and serial
    • debugger for effective troubleshooting
    • host order, log_path
    • tags and limit option
    • check_mode
  • Task Options
    • delegate_to
    • run_once
    • ignore_erros and failed when
    • changed_when and no_log
  • use handlers and listen option
  • block and rescue for exception handling
  • assert option
  • How to install ansible collections: using galaxy command, requirements file and github
  • How to create roles and add tasks to respective directories
  • Detailed explanation of ansible include vs import
  • include_tasks vs import tasks
  • include_role vs import role
  • import_playbook module
  • how to create ansible custom modules
    • convert facts to csv file using custom module which uses python csv in the backend
    • how to pass module args to custom module
    • how to return data using custom module
  • REST API from Ansible
    • how to use URI Module for REST API
    • YANG Suite introduction
    • REST API from Postman
    • Convert POSTMAN REST request to Ansible URI task
    • Initiate REST – GET, PUT,POST PATCH and DELETE Operations from Ansible
    • How to configure Cisco device using REST API
    • how to save config using rest API
    • Parse config using REST API
  • Extra Learning Topic(AWX)
    • Install AWX in Minikube for learning
    • Basics of Ansible execution environment (Podman)

Who this course is for:

  • Network Engineers, Network Administrators, Network Operatore
  • Network Architects
  • Net DevOps Engineers
  • Network Automation Engineers
  • Network Automation testing
  • System Administrators, System Engineers
  • Cisco Certified Professionals
  • CCNA, CCNP , CCI Professionals
  • All the Network Automation enthusiast
  • DevNet
  • DevOps who want to learn Network Automation
  • Routing Switching, Wireless and Security Engineers
  • Network Implementation Engineers
  • Network Design Professionals
  • Ansible Engineer Networking
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