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Ansible and Insights Part 1 - Insights Automatic Remediation is Here

Stephen Adams published on 2017-05-15T21:06:53+00:00, last updated 2017-08-01T14:57:59+00:00
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Pairing Ansible and Insights may be the smartest thing since putting peanut butter and jelly together. With this partnership, we’ve enabled the ability for you to download playbooks from Insights to solve the problems in your infrastructure. With a few clicks, you can stop worrying, kick back, and bask in the glorious rays of automation.

Our developers have done all the work of creating playbooks for you so that you don’t have to come up with them yourselves. We go through each rule in the Insights database, verify the steps, and create a playbook that deals with that exact problem on your systems. When you create an Insights Plan, all actions with available playbooks will have those playbooks automatically merged together into one single playbook. This makes it incredibly simple to fix many problems on all of your systems quickly and easily.

If you already own Ansible Tower, you can easily take advantage of the Insights integration by selecting the plan you configured in Insights to run automatically as an Ansible playbook. Our playbooks will work in both Tower and Ansible Core, so you can utilize Insights automated remediation no matter what your Ansible infrastructure looks like.

All this functionality is also available over our REST API. Resources for creating maintenance plans, obtaining playbooks, verifying systems’ state, etc. are built-in. Our API Documentation is a good place to learn more about integrating Insights detection and remediation capabilities into external systems or scripts.

Amaze your colleagues and managers with your lightning fast response to critical infrastructure issues thanks to Ansible and Insights!

Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3 of our Ansible and Insights series for a walkthrough on how to quickly setup remediation with Ansible Core and Ansible Tower.

Part 2 now available here: Ansible and Insights Part 2 - Automating Ansible Core remediation

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Stephen Adams

Stephen Adams is a software engineer for Red Hat Insights. His background is in Red Hat system administration and Cisco networking. He currently resides in Raleigh, NC.
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