Building on the ansible tutorial from earlier, this tutorial shows you how to use your existing virtual environment to control your AWS ansible inventory. This saves you from having to upload playbooks and maintain ansible installations - basically you can run your playbooks from your work station using your workstation's ansible installation to send commands to your inventory over SSH.
Step 1: Download the dynamic inventory script from ansible
mkdir ~/Projects/27-python/ec2-dynamic-inventory/ cd ~/Projects/27-python/ec2-dynamic-inventory/ wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ansible/ansible/devel/contrib/inventory/ec2.py chmod +x ec2.py wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ansible/ansible/devel/contrib/inventory/ec2.ini export ANSIBLE_HOSTS=/Users/[USERNAME]/Projects/27-python/ec2-dynamic-inventory/ec2.py
Step 2: Update the ec2.ini file
regions_exclude = ap-south-1,us-gov-west-1,cn-north-1
Step 3: Setup your project directory and private key
mkdir ~/Projects/27-python/hello-world/ cd ~/Projects/27-python/hello-world/ mv ~/inventory.ini ~/Projects/27-python/hello-world/ mv ~/hello-world.yml ~/Projects/27-python/hello-world/ wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ansible/ansible/devel/examples/ansible.cfg cp ~/[KEYPAIR].pem ~/.ssh
Step 4: update ansible.cfg
remote_user = ec2-user private_key_file = /Users/[USERNAME]/.ssh/[KEYPAIR].pem
Step 5: Set up an ssh agent and activate your virtual environment
The agent and the new keypair will be loaded by default the next time you start a terminal window, but for now we need to start a new agent.
~/Projects/27-python/$ ssh-agent bash ~/Projects/27-python/$ ssh-add ~/.ssh/[KEYPAIR].pem ~/Projects/27-python/$ source bin/activate
Check to make sure your keypair is loaded using
Test the inventory and the SSH connection
~/Projects/27-python/ec2-dynamic-inventory/ec2.py --list ~/Projects/27-python/hellow-world/ansible -m ping ec2