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Ansible Modules To Automate the AWS infrastructure: EC2, VPC, Security Groups

May 2, 2023
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Automating your Amazon Web Services (AWS) Infrastructure with Ansible enables you to achieve Infrastructure As Code (IaC). Using IaC you’re going to be able to automate your workflow, your CI/CD pipelines for example, and be faster about your critical business demands.


Ansible provides various modules to manage AWS infrastructure, which includes EC2, VPC, Security Groups, etc. I’ll show you step by step how to prepare your Ansible controller to interact with the AWS infrastructure. This initial configuration sometimes is a roadblock for some AWS users to start using Ansible.

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)

Amazon EC2 offers a secure and resizable compute capacity for virtually any kind of workload supporting Intel, AMD, and Arm processors, the only cloud with on-demand EC2 Mac instances. The combination of this raw processing power and Ansible enable you to archive more incredible milestones.

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Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)

Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) is an object storage service provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS). It is designed to store and retrieve large amounts of unstructured data, such as images, videos, and documents, in a highly scalable and reliable manner.

With Amazon S3, users can store and retrieve any amount of data from anywhere on the web using simple APIs. It provides a highly durable, secure, and available storage infrastructure that enables users to build applications with confidence. S3 provides features like data encryption at rest and in transit, versioning, lifecycle policies, cross-region replication, and much more.

Amazon S3 is widely used by businesses, developers, and individuals to store and manage data for a wide range of use cases, including backup and recovery, big data analytics, content distribution, and archival storage. It is designed to be highly available and scalable, with a simple pay-as-you-go pricing model that makes it accessible to organizations of any size.

Amazon Identity and Access Management (Amazon IAM)

Amazon IAM (Identity and Access Management) is a web service provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS) that enables you to manage access to AWS resources for users and groups within your organization. IAM enables you to create and manage IAM users, groups, and roles, and to control access to AWS services and resources using policies that you create and manage.

IAM allows you to centrally manage access to AWS resources by creating individual IAM users and assigning permissions to them based on the principle of least privilege. You can define granular permissions to allow or deny access to specific AWS services and resources based on the user’s role or function within your organization.

IAM also enables you to use temporary security credentials, such as access keys and session tokens, to provide secure access to AWS resources. You can create and rotate these credentials programmatically, which helps ensure the security of your AWS environment.

IAM also provides a range of features that enable you to manage and monitor access to your AWS resources. For example, you can use IAM to generate detailed access reports and to audit user activity within your AWS environment. IAM also integrates with other AWS services, such as AWS CloudTrail, to provide comprehensive security and compliance monitoring capabilities.

Overall, Amazon IAM is a powerful service that enables you to manage access to your AWS resources in a secure and granular way, while also providing the flexibility and scalability needed to manage access to resources in complex environments.

Amazon Application Load Balancer (ALB)

This article provides a step-by-step guide to creating an Application Load Balancer (ALB) with Ansible in AWS. The ALB provides a scalable and highly available solution for distributing incoming traffic across multiple targets such as EC2 instances, containers, and Lambda functions. The guide covers the use of Ansible modules to create an ALB security group, a target group, and the ALB itself. It also covers how to obtain an SSL/TLS certificate for secure communication and how to configure access logging for the ALB. The article is aimed at DevOps engineers and cloud administrators who are familiar with Ansible and AWS and want to automate the process of creating an ALB.


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