September 25, 2017 by Warren Zweigart

Ansible + Azure

The Azure and Ansible teams are collaborating on several interesting projects that we want to share. And if you joined us for AnsibleFest San Francisco earlier this month, you met both teams and heard some of the news. More on that below.

MS Ignite 2017

If you use Ansible to manage Azure and Windows environments, then hopefully you can join us at Microsoft Ignite this week in Orlando.

Ansible’s Matt Davis will co-present with Microsoft’s Hari Jayaraman, to discuss popular DevOps tools customers use to implement infrastructure as code processes in Azure. And the Ansible team will be in the Red Hat booth (#527) to demo automating Azure environments or any other questions you may have. 

Session Info:

Infrastructure as Code

Friday, September 29

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Hyatt Regency Windermere W

New Azure Modules in 2.4

One of the many announcements at AnsibleFest included the 16 new Azure modules contributed by the Azure team. The focus of the team was to cover the base use cases for Ansible users running workloads at scale in Azure.

New modules were added to manage Azure services:

  • Availability sets
  • Scale sets
  • Authentication (ACS)
  • Functions
  • DNS
  • Load Balancer
  • Managed Disks

The Azure team also presented at AnsibleFest in San Francisco. Thomas Stringer and Harold Wong give an overview of Azure, why Ansible is their favorite tool and examples using the new modules. You can check out the recording here.

Ansible support for Azure made dramatic improvements with the 2.4 release. It is worth highlighting how that came about, and crediting the Azure team for all of their contributions to the community. This effort kicked off several months ago when Azure’s Thomas Stringer stopped by Ansible HQ to work with the Ansible Engineering team. Microsoft followed up with an Ansible hackathon in Redmond and lots of hard work to contribute all of the modules in time for the 2.4 code freeze. Thank you!

Azure Test Drive for Ansible Tower

Lastly, we want to highlight a new way to trial Ansible Tower using the Azure Test Drive.

This live Azure sandbox environment allows new Ansible Tower users to explore guided scenarios without the need for a credit card or setting up Ansible Tower. The pre-built content includes basic playbooks to provision Windows and Linux VMs. 

As always though, if you are ready to test Ansible Tower and Azure, you can download Ansible Tower here.


Windows, Azure


Warren Zweigart

Warren manages technology partners and alliances for Ansible at Red Hat.

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