Episode 314 - PowerScripting Podcast - Matt Davis from Red Hat on Ansible

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Tonight on the PowerScripting Podcast, we talk to Matt Davis from Red Hat about Ansible

 

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<jaykul> irc.freenode.net/#PowerShell http://irc.freenode.net/#PowerShell -- Registered : May 10 22:43:39 2006

<jaykul> https://github.com/jaykul/slack-irc-plugin

<sqlvariant> Can y'all mention some great news from the SQL world?  http://sqlps.io/future

<walrusface> Not a question but news of the day: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2016/04/27/ten-reasons-youll-love-windows-server-2016-10-nano-server/  TP5 with a Snover post from today

<sqlvariant> @jonwalz: We'd love it if ya'll could mention that we need more Up-Votes for a couple items.  http://bit.ly/GetSQLAgent  http://bit.ly/GetLogin

<sqlvariant> @jonwalz: We could also use Up-Votes for http://bit.ly/GetSQLTable and http://bit.ly/SSMSPS

<sqlvariant> @halr9000: & @jonwalz Anyone can help us shape the future of SQL+PowerShell by joining our Trello board: http://sqlps.io/vote

<halr9000> https://github.com/ansible

<halr9000> https://github.com/ansible/azurerm

<organicit> https://github.com/ansible/ansible/blob/devel/examples/scripts/ConfigureRemotingForAnsible.ps1

<halr9000> http://docs.ansible.com/ansible/list_of_windows_modules.html

<jaykul> On a related note (bash, on Windows 10, and thin wrappers for commands): https://github.com/jimmehc/PowerBash is really cool

<halr9000> tp5 https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-technical-preview

<halr9000> https://github.com/scottmuc/PowerYaml

<ferventcoder> http://kcdc.info

<<@UPLLB|halr9000>> halr9000 uploaded a file: 2016-04-27_22-45-42.png https://powershell.slack.com/files/halr9000/F14CPDZ8U/2016-04-27_22-45-42.png

<Jaykul> sqlvariant: I'm not confused. I was just flagging that as a question for hal, since I can't retroactively add ## on it 😉

<sqlvariant> @jaykul: ah ok, I was trying to be funny.  Didn't know we needed those ## things.

<JasonMilczek> ##Is Ansible open source or licensed?

<fuselamb> ## I might have missed it, but can Ansible be used to deploy the base OS, or just apps and packages?

<JasonMilczek> ##Can you purchase incident support for the open source version or do you have to license all nodes?

<johnfleenor> ## does a inventory scan for current server configuration ?

<glennsarti> ## With the Redhat purchase of Ansible, what things are they doing to show that Windows is a “first class” citizen? as this seems to further reinforce that ansible is unix tool by unix devs for for unix admins for unix servers?

<JasonMilczek> ##What is needed in the WinRM configuration of each server you will need to manage? Will admins still have to manually configure WinRM on systems that are not joined to the domain?

<glennsarti> ## Also curious about ansible-vault for secrets management

<JasonMilczek> ##How does Ansible fit in with PowerShell DSC?

<JasonMilczek> ##Is there a web interface for editing/uploading configs/playbooks?

<JasonMilczek> ^^##

<JasonMilczek> ##sold by node?

<ferventcoder> ## What is the future direction for Ansible and Windows? Do you see support for Nano? (apologies if this was already asked)

<JasonMilczek> ##In a large IT enterprise with separate Windows and Unix/Linux teams, which team typically owns administration/support over the actual Ansible product?

<ferventcoder> ## How does Ansible handle things that don't work well over WinRM? Does it create scheduled tasks and watch the output of that?

<JasonMilczek> ##Are there any plans for integration with Azure? similar to what Chef and Puppet are doing with extensions?

<stuwee> ### If I a new to both Ansible and DSC.  Why would I choose Ansible over DSC?

<geekjimmy> ##Are there any limitations to the functionality that can be built in to the PoSH scripts it can run? For example, if the PoSH module/plugin exists on the server, can the script import a module/plugin and use it?

<JasonMilczek> ##Could we see an extension where we upload a playbook without an Ansible server?

<geekjimmy> ##Are there any limitations to the functionality that can be built in to the PoSH scripts it can run? For example, if the PoSH module/plugin exists on the server, can the script import a module/plugin and use it?

<glennsarti> ## What do you mean by “take it?

<glennsarti> ## As in Ansbile would support and maintain and own?

<ferventcoder> ## What is your favorite non-technical activity and why?

 

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Jonathan Walz

Since March 2007, Jonathan Walz has been the co-host and technical brains for the PowerScripting Podcast. Conceived as a radio show for the PowerShell community, the podcast is the longest-lived PowerShell show in existence, and has featured dozens of weekly guests.