Ansible is a popular choice for IT automation because it allows you to concisely specify a desired state and then it does the heavy lifting to make that state a reality. In this course, Getting Started with Ansible, you will learn foundational knowledge to quickly and reliably configure just about anything with Ansible. First, you will learn how to install Ansible and use the ansible Ad-hoc command line tool to execute one-off modules in Ansible to configure single aspects of a system like ensuring a line exists in a file, or an application is installed. Playbooks will be composed of modules to build up larger configurations all stored in simple file(s) that pass through ansible-playbook. Then, you'll see how to use inventories to configure multiple machines including a full fledged VM learning lab that you then use Ansible to configure. Next, you'll explore how to learn what you need to know, when you need to know it. Later, you'll see how to swap out Ansible's default usage of SSH via connection plugins to connect to different environments such as Windows machines and docker containers. And how the ansible-pull command inverts Ansible's default push model. Finally, you'll discover reuse with Ansible Galaxy and corresponding ansible-galaxy command via both Roles and Collections. By the end of this course you'll be prepared to move beyond manually configuring applications, servers, networks, etc. Beyond writing confusing scripts. To spending your time on more valuable endeavors.