Workshop Exercise - Projects & job templates

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An Ansible Tower Project is a logical collection of Ansible Playbooks. You can manage your playbooks by placing them into a source code management (SCM) system supported by Tower, including Git, Subversion, and Mercurial.

This exercise covers


Setup Git Repository

For this demonstration we will use playbooks stored in a Git repository:

A Playbook to install the Apache web server has already been committed to the directory rhel/apache, apache_install.yml:

- name: Apache server installed
  hosts: all

  - name: latest Apache version installed
      name: httpd
      state: latest

  - name: latest firewalld version installed
      name: firewalld
      state: latest

  - name: firewalld enabled and running
      name: firewalld
      enabled: true
      state: started

  - name: firewalld permits http service
      service: http
      permanent: true
      state: enabled
      immediate: yes

  - name: Apache enabled and running
      name: httpd
      enabled: true
      state: started


Note the difference to other Playbooks you might have written! Most importantly there is no become and hosts is set to all.

To configure and use this repository as a Source Control Management (SCM) system in Tower you have to create a Project that uses the repository

Create the Project

Now you need the URL to access the repo. Go to the Github repository mentioned above, choose the green Clone or download button on the right, click on Use https and copy the HTTPS URL.


If there is no Use https to click on, but a Use SSH, you are fine: just copy the URL. The important thing is that you copy the URL starting with https.

Enter the URL into the Project configuration:

Parameter Value
SCM UPDATE OPTIONS Tick the first three boxes to always get a fresh copy of the repository and to update the repository when launching a job

The new Project will be synced automatically after creation. But you can also do this manually: Sync the Project again with the Git repository by going to the Projects view and clicking the circular arrow Get latest SCM revision icon to the right of the Project.

After starting the sync job, go to the Jobs view: there is a new job for the update of the Git repository.

Create a Job Template and Run a Job

A job template is a definition and set of parameters for running an Ansible job. Job templates are useful to execute the same job many times. So before running an Ansible Job from Tower you must create a Job Template that pulls together:

Okay, let’s just do that: Go to the Templates view, click the plus button and choose Job Template.


Remember that you can often click on magnfying glasses to get an overview of options to pick to fill in fields.

Parameter Value
NAME Install Apache
INVENTORY Workshop Inventory
PROJECT Workshop Project
PLAYBOOK rhel/apache/apache_install.yml
CREDENTIAL Workshop Credentials
OPTIONS tasks need to run as root so check **Enable privilege escalation**

You can start the job by directly clicking the blue LAUNCH button, or by clicking on the rocket in the Job Templates overview. After launching the Job Template, you are automatically brought to the job overview where you can follow the playbook execution in real time:

job exection

Since this might take some time, have a closer look at all the details provided:

After the Job has finished go to the main Jobs view: All jobs are listed here, you should see directly before the Playbook run an SCM update was started. This is the Git update we configured for the Project on launch!

Challenge Lab: Check the Result

Time for a little challenge:

You have already been through all the steps needed, so try this for yourself.


What about systemctl status httpd?


Solution Below

Parameter Value
MODULE command
ARGUMENTS systemctl status httpd
MACHINE CREDENTIALS Workshop Credentials

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