Creating an Ansible Testing environment using Vagrant on macOS


Installing Homebrew (macOS)

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Installing Vagrant (and virtual box) via Homebrew

Install steps

Update Brew:

brew update && brew upgrade  

Install virtualbox:

brew cask install virtualbox  

Install vagrant:

brew cask install vagrant  

Installation Verification

Verify virtualbox is installed:

type -a vboxmanage  

Example output:

06:25 Mac Shell: .vagrant/>$ type -a vboxmanage  
vboxmanage is /usr/local/bin/vboxmanage  
06:25 Mac Shell: .vagrant/>$  

Verify vagrant is installed:

type -a vagrant  

Example output:

06:27 Mac Shell: .vagrant/>$ type -a vagrant  
vagrant is /usr/local/bin/vagrant  
06:27 Mac Shell: .vagrant/>$  

Install Ansible on your local machine (optional)

This step is optional because you could always install Ansible on one of the vagrant Testing servers and scp over the contents of the 'Ansible' directory.

Installation with Brew:

brew install ansible  

Installation with python:

Install pip:

sudo easy_install pip  

Install Ansible via pip:

sudo pip install ansible  

Giting this repo

Creating Git Directory

Recommend creating a git directory under your home directory:

cd "$HOME"; mkdir Git;  

Cloning the repo to the local machine

Git a clone of the repo:

git clone  

Starting Vagrant (Env1)

Change Directory to Vagrant Directory:

cd "$HOME/Git/ScriptMyJob_Ansible_TestEnv/Vagrant/Env1"  

Provision Vagrant VMs:

vagrant up  

Testing Ansible via Ping Module

Change Directory to the Anisble Directory

cd "$HOME/Git/ScriptMyJob_Ansible_TestEnv/Ansible/Env1"  

It is recommended that you disable host key checking for your testing environment since these testing servers will likely be created and destroyed multiple times. This can be done vai:


Verify communication and become access:

ansible all -i inventory_file -m ping -b  


all : refers all vms specified in this file  
-i  : specifies the inventory file
-m  : specifies the module
-b  : specifies using become (replacement for --sudo)

Executing an Ansible Playbook:

Change Directory to the Anisble playbook Directory

cd "$HOME/Git/ScriptMyJob_Ansible_TestEnv/Ansible/Env1/playbooks"  

Provision Nginx and MySQL on web and database servers respectively:

ansible-playbook provision_web_db.yaml  

Destroying a Vagrant Test Environment

Change the current working directory back to the main Vagrant directory:

cd "$HOME/Git/ScriptMyJob_Ansible_TestEnv/Vagrant/Env1"  

Deprovision Vagrant VMs

vagrant destroy -f