Ansible Tower and Satellite: End to End Automation for the Enterprise

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Overview

In this article we will look at how Ansible Tower and Red Hat Satellite 6 integrate with one another, providing end-to-end automation for the enterprise. Satellite is a systems management tool that combines several popular opensource projects: Foreman (provisioning), Katello (content repository), Pulp (database), Candlepin (subscription management) and Puppet (configuration management). While puppet is directly integrated into Satellite, many organizations would rather use Ansible because of its power, simplicity and ease-of-use.

Ansible Tower integrates with Satellite, allowing organizations to run playbooks against the hierarchy and groups of servers defined in Satellite. Additionally, Ansible Tower can dynamically update its inventories with hosts and their updated facts from Satellite at anytime. Hosts show up in Ansible Tower under the groups defined by Satellite. This allows organizations to use Satellite to define their infrastructure, provision hosts, provide patch management while leveraging Ansible to deploy and manage software configuration. It also allows other teams the ability to run playbooks and automation against the infrastructure defined by Satellite. Personally I am a huge fan of this loose coupling and find this solution much more advantageous than a direct coupling of Ansible in Satellite.

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Cloud Systems Management: Satellite 6.1 Getting Started Guide

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Overview

Satellite is responsible for system and configuration management. Satellite 6 offers a new architecture based off best-of-breed opensource projects: Foreman (provisioning), Katello (content management), Pulp (content management), Puppet (configuration management) and Candlepin (subscription management). Satellite 6 provides ITIL equivalent of media library for RPMs, ISOs, Puppet modules and container images. It allows you to build a standard operating environment (SOE) that defines how systems and applications are provisioned as well as maintained. Satellite 6 allows an organization the ability to manage all content through defined life-cycles. Control through RBAC can be defined so that different groups can control various aspects of a SOE. In this article we will focus on how to install and configure Satellite 6.1.
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