Discover how to efficiently deploy and customize Ansible in the way your platform demandsAbout This BookGet the first book on the market that maximizes the functionalities of AnsibleMaster the skill of extending Ansible by deep diving into its modules and pluginsWork through this step-by-step guide to customizing Ansible according to your requirementsWho This Book Is ForThis book is perfect for developers and administrators who are familiar with Ansible and Python programming, but have no knowledge of how to customize Ansible.What You Will LearnGet a thorough understanding of Ansible modulesFind out everything about plugins that fit in the Ansible architectureGet to grips with designing modules and handling errorsWork with data structuresDistribute Ansible extensions using PyPi and Git submodulesGet to know the various distribution methods of modules and pluginsIn DetailAnsible is an IT automation tool that lets you manage your Infrastructure as a Code. It helps you deploy your applications and manage configurations, thus making life easier. Ansible, in most ways, is self sufficient to address most of your requirements.Ideally, standard modules, libraries, or plugins are used to automate a given IT platform. Customizing Ansible can be done by custom module and plugin development.This book shows you how to automate most of the tasks in your IT environment, thus minimizing the need to manually perform scheduled tasks and extend your Ansible implementation by developing customized modules and plugins.You'll begin by getting an understanding of the fundamental aspects of extending the Ansible framework, such as custom functions and reusable modules. You'll then progress to building custom plugins and extensions using the fundamental building blocks explained earlier. We'll also show you how to automate some tasks using scripts. Finally, we'll demonstrate how these extensions can be seamlessly integrated into existing Ansible installations and explain how to conduct unit testing on these extensions to ensure they work as desired.Style and approach This book is a learning book on the fundamentals of Ansible framework and how it can be leveraged to extend it using the modules and plugins.