Category Archives: System administration

Ansible and Cisco IOS intro

You can use Ansible to do a whole lot of tasks for you. I’ve been doing some basic tasks on Cisco IOS devices. In this article, I’ll show you how to get started with Ansible for Cisco IOS by providing some background information, some pointers and an example. For the lab setup, Eve-NG with Cisco IOL devices is being used.
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Ansible inventory considerations

Recently I’ve been making my first steps with Ansible. I’ve barely scratched the surface and the tool is already awesome. Some things are pretty complicated to grasp however, that’s why I want to share some basic information. This article is about the different choices you can make regarding inventory files.
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New places as a system administrator

I thought I’d do a more generic topic for this post, although some of it is certainly applicable to network engineers as well. When I still did general system administration work I had this list that I used to get a grip on every new infrastructure that I came across. The list consists of a number of topics, most of which are relevant for any given IT infrastructure in existence. I am now sharing this list in the hope that it will be useful for folks starting at a new place or even for junior system administrators who are just getting started.
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