Exercise 2.1 - Installing Ansible Tower


In this exercise, we are going to get Ansible Tower installed on your control node

Step 1: ssh into your control node

ssh <username>@<IP of control node>

Step 2: Change directories to /tmp

cd /tmp

Step 3: Download the latest Ansible Tower package

curl -O https://releases.ansible.com/ansible-tower/setup-bundle/ansible-tower-setup-bundle-latest.el7.tar.gz

Step 4: Untar and unzip the package file

tar xvfz /tmp/ansible-tower-setup-*  (Name of tar file that was downloaded)

Step 5: Change directories into the ansible tower package

cd /tmp/ansible-tower-setup-*

Step 6: Using an editor of your choice, open the inventory file

vi inventory

Step 7: fill a few variables out in an inventory file: admin_password, rabbitmq_password, pg_password

[tower]
localhost ansible_connection=local

[database]

[all:vars]
admin_password='ansibleWS'

pg_host=''
pg_port=''

pg_database='awx'
pg_username='awx'
pg_password='ansibleWS'

rabbitmq_port=5672
rabbitmq_vhost=tower
rabbitmq_username=tower
rabbitmq_password='ansibleWS'
rabbitmq_cookie=cookiemonster

# Needs to be true for fqdns and ip addresses
rabbitmq_use_long_name=false

Step 8: run the Ansible Tower setup script

sudo ./setup.sh
Step 8 will take approx. 10-15 minutes to complete. This may be a good time to take a break.

End Result

At this point, your Ansible Tower installation should be complete. You can access Tower at http://<IP-of-your-control-node>;

Ensuring Installation Success

You know you were successful if you are able to browse to your Ansible Tower’s url (control node’s IP address) and get something like this

ansible lab figure01 logon screen
Figure 2: Ansible Tower Login Screen