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Ansible Tower by Red Hat® is a radically simple IT automation engine that automates cloud provisioning, configuration, deployment, and orchestration. Want to learn more?

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Ansible Tower by Red Hat is the best way to run Ansible in your organization.

Ansible Tower by Red Hat is more than the web UI and rest API for Ansible. It also centralizes and controls your Ansible infrastructure with a visual dashboard, role-based access control, job scheduling, and graphical inventory management. Tower's REST API and CLI make it easy to embed Tower into existing tools and processes.

Features

UI Refresh

Tower 3.0.x reflects a complete UI refresh, to streamline and speed up the Tower interface, while still keeping it familiar for existing users of Tower.

Integrated Notifications

Easily keep track of the status of your automation - configure stackable notifications for job templates, projects, or entire organizations, and configure different notifications for job success and job failure. Supported notification sources include Slack, email, SMS, HipChat, PagerDuty, IRC, and webhooks.

Enhanced and Simplified RBAC system

Tower 3.0.x expands and simplifies our role-based access control. No longer is job template visibility configured via a combination of permissions on inventory, projects, and credentials. If you want to give any user or team permissions to use a job template, just assign permissions directly on the job template. Similarly, credentials are now full objects in Tower’s RBAC system, and can be assigned to multiple users and/or teams for use.

Run-time Job Customization

Tower features also help you easily manage your AWS, Rackspace, OpenStack, Google Compute Engine, Azure & VMware clouds. Tower can keep your cloud inventory in sync, and Tower's powerful provisioning callbacks allows nodes to request configuration on demand, enabling autoscaling.

Satellite and CloudForms integration

Dynamic inventory sources for Red Hat Satellite 6 and Red Hat CloudForms are now available.

Get Started with Ansible Tower by Red Hat

For a standard installation, you'll need:

Installation Media

Download the latest version of Ansible Tower

System Requirements

Your physical or virtual machine should meet the system requirements .

20-30 Minutes

Installation will take about 20-30 minutes.

Instructions

  1. 1

    Install Ansible Tower

    Use the Quick Install instructions at: http://docs.ansible.com/ansible-tower/latest/html/quickinstall/index.html

  2. 2

    Login to Tower at: https://<tower server name>/

    Login with the username and password setup during installation.

  3. 3

    Import your license

    Upload the license you received from Ansible, Inc. and agree to the End User License, then click Submit. (You can also request a license if you do not already have one.)

  4. 4

    Review the organization

    Ansible Tower now includes a default organization*. Users with an Enterprise license can also add their own orgs. Access the organization from the Settings Menu icon.

  5. 5

    Add a user

    Expand the Users section at the bottom of the default organization you just saved (not from the Settings menu). Click the ADD USER button. Select the checkbox beside the “admin” user to select it for this organization, then click Save.

  6. 6

    Create an inventory

    Click Inventories from the top navigational links. Click on the “Demo Inventory” link for the stock inventory provided by Tower. This screen shows the groups and hosts that belong to Demo inventory. For the purposes of this Quick Start, a local host has been added for your use. Click Cancel (if no changes were made) or click Save and use the breadcrumb links in the Tower browser to return to the overview screen.

  7. 7

    Create a credential

    Click the Settings Menu icon to access Credentials. A demo credential has been provided for your use. Click on the “Demo Credential” link name or the Edit icon to review or edit this credential.

  8. 8

    Set up a project

    Navigate to the Projects main link. Click on the “Demo Project” link or click on the Edit icon to review the stock project provided by Tower. Click Cancel (if no changes were made) or click Save and use the breadcrumb links in the Tower browser to return to the overview screen. You must manually start an inventory sync for this project before it can be used in a job template. Update the SCM-based demo project by clicking the Start Sync cloud icon under the project’s available Actions.

  9. 9

    Set up a job template

    Review existing jobs or create a new job template by browsing to Job Templates. Click on the “Demo Job Template” link or click on the Edit icon to review the stock job template provided by Tower. Click Cancel (if no changes were made) or click Save and use the breadcrumb links in the Tower browser to return to the overview screen.

  10. 10

    Launch your project

    Select Job Templates from the top navigational menu and click Launch (rocket icon, under Actions) to run this Job Template. Enter any passwords needed, then watch as your job runs (the job page updates in real time).

    Congratulations! You’ve completed the initial setup and your Tower installation is officially up and running properly.

*Starting with Ansible Tower version 2.2.0.

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