Test Windows host availability - Ansible module win_ping
Deep dive into the Ansible module win_ping in the collection ansible.windows to test the access to a managed Windows host and that that there is a shell usually PowerShell available. Live demo and Ansible playbook included.
How to test Windows host availability?
Today we’re going to talk about the simplest way to test if a Windows-managed host is available to receive our commands. I’m Luca Berton and welcome to today’s episode of Ansible Pilot.
Ansible module win_ping
Today we’re talking about Ansible module win_ping.
The full name is
ansible.windows.win_ping, which means that is part of the collection of the “windows” modules of ansible. Previously was part of the built-in collection.
It’s a module pretty stable and out for years.
It verifies the ability of Ansible to login to the managed host and that there is a shell, usually PowerShell, that is able to execute our code.
So it’s pretty different for the ping in the network context.
It’s the Windows corresponding to the Ansible ping module.
- data string - pong
Main Return Values
- ping string success pong
People usually don’t specify any parameters or use the return value.
win_ping module usually delivers the
pong text to the endpoint.
It’s possible to personalize the text using the “data” parameter.
The return value is the “ping” string, that contains the same string of the data input parameter.
If we keep the default value we are going to use “pong” as a parameter and as the return value.
Are you ready to make your hands dirty? Let’s jump in a quick live demo of a playbook about the win_ping module.
--- - name: win_ping module demo hosts: all become: false gather_facts: false tasks: - name: test connection ansible.windows.win_ping:
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