### Ansible Automation Platform 1.0 Released: November 14, 2019 End of Life: May 14, 2021 Product components: Ansible Tower 3.6 (ﬁnal version 3.6.7) Ansible Engine 2.9 (current version 2.9.27) ### Ansible Automation Platform 1.1 Released: May 18, 2020 End of Life: November 18, 2021 Product components: Ansible Tower 3.7 (ﬁnal version 3.7.5) Ansible Engine 2.9 (current version 2.9.27) - Introduced Engine 2.9 - Online activation - PostgreSQL 10 - Collections support - Use a private copy of the project for each run - RHEL7.7 or RHEL8.2 required at least - Improved performance - Inventory plugins from upstream collections - Removed RabbitMQ, introduced Redis and WebSocket We have been gradually renaming the brand of the product.
### Ansible Automation Platform 1.2 (current version 1.2.6) Released: November 18, 2020 End of Life: November 18, 2022 Product components: Ansible Tower 3.8 (current version 3.8.5) Ansible Engine 2.9 (current version 2.9.27) Ansible Automation Hub 4.2 (current version 4.2.7) ### Ansible Automation Platform 2.0 (early access, current version 2.0.1) Released: July 15, 2021 End of Life: January 15, 2023 Product components: Ansible automation controller 4.0 (current version 4.0.0) Ansible Automation Hub 4.3 (current version 4.3.3) Execution Environments Ansible core 2.11 (current version 2.11.6) Ansible 2.9 (current version 2.9.27) Current supported versions - Introduced Private Automation Hub - License activation has been changed - More performance improvements - Ansible Tower renamed as Ansible automation controller - New Web UI using PatternFly 4 - Refactored to EE (Podman container)
### Ansible Automation Platform 2.1 (current version 2.1.0) Released: December 2, 2021 End of Life: June 2, 2023 Product components: Ansible automation controller 4.1 (current version 4.1.0) Ansible Automation Hub 4.4 (current version 4.4.0) Red Hat Single Sign-On 7.4 Execution Environments Ansible core 2.12 (current version 2.12.0) Ansible 2.9 (current version 2.9.27) New release This presentation will describe the updates in details
a user has an additional requirement to execute a playbook, they needed to create another Python virtual environment. It was a kind of a craftsmanship. I want to use Python 3 libraries for third party modules on RHEL 7. Where can I create a directory for venv? Tower didn’t find it. My Tower cluster has 3 nodes, should I create the venv on all nodes? How can I create a venv on OCP4? Now you can create a customized Podman container image with the uniﬁed way using the ansible-builder command. And since 2.10, Ansible Core 2.12 separates the modules into built-in and optional collections. You can use supported container images and customized image.
does AAP run the playbook? Until AAP 1.2 (Ansible Tower), the Tower nodes and isolated nodes are able to run the playbook. Now 2.1, it has expanded as plane. Control plane Hybrid nodes, Control nodes Execution plane Execution nodes, Hop nodes Control plane Automation controller Execution plane node type: hybrid or controller Automation mesh hop node Connects segmented environments Executes automation locally in environments segmented environment Remote location execution node(s) execution node(s) Resilient to high latency and connection disruptions
-> 2.1 AAP 2.0 -> 2.1 ・Tower 3.7 or previous versions should be upgraded to 3.8 in advance ・AAP 2.1 works only RHEL 8.4 or later For example, RHEL 7.7 + Tower 3.7.5 ・Take a backup ・Create a RHEL 8.5 + Tower 3.7.5 and restore the backup ・Upgrade it to 3.8.5 and AAP 2.1 step by step ・Create an EE if you were using a venv We don’t support leapp to upgrade from RHEL 7 to 8. Reinstallation is needed.
a playbook job - 2.9 will reach EOL soon (2021-12-31) → you can continue using it until the EOL of AAP 1.2 - how to create and use venv with 3rd party python libraries for community maintained collections - how to connect Windows servers - how to connect via jumphost ▪ Using controller (and Tower) - SAML authentication (OKTA, Azure AD, etc) - how to use dynamic inventory (ﬁltering, grouping, new collections, etc) - how to upgrade - database performance ▪ License and subscription ▪ OCP environment ▪ hardening, security scanning services ▪ etc and etc
▪ Ansible / Ansible Tower / Ansible Automation Platform - new features after 2.10 - 2.12, devel - new architectures on AAP 2.x - old architectures are still supported until AAP 1.2 EOL (2022-11-18) - even already EOL versions, we are often asked (we cannot forget RabbitMQ!) - SSO is introduced for AH, we have to learn Keycloak ▪ Containers - Podman, Container registry, OpenShift Container Platform - persistent storage on OCP - how to gather information from running containers (logs, processes, resources, etc) ▪ Use-case changes - cloud and network operations rather than RHEL automations - authentications (SAML, SAML and SAML) - these kinds of queries are often hard to reproduce on our side
so much operations at once very easily. When the product is not functional or works a wrong behavior, it may impact to customer’s business widely. As Ansible can reduce the 99% cost compared to manual operation, then if stops the customer’s cost makes 100 times than usual. I always keep in mind that it is the reason why we are here.