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Learning Ansible by Ramesh Raithatha, Madhurranjan Mohaan

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Working with playbooks

Playbooks are one of the core features of Ansible and tell Ansible what to execute. They are like a to-do list for Ansible that contains a list of tasks; each task internally links to a piece of code called a module. Playbooks are simple human-readable YAML files, whereas modules are a piece of code that can be written in any language with the condition that its output should be in the JSON format. You can have multiple tasks listed in a playbook and these tasks would be executed serially by Ansible. You can think of playbooks as an equivalent of manifests in Puppet, states in Salt, or cookbooks in Chef; they allow you to enter a list of tasks or commands you want to execute on your remote system.

The anatomy of a playbook ...

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