Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Automate Azure cloud infrastructure setup using Ansible and Azure DevOps pipeline | How to integrate Ansible with Azure DevOps | Integrating Ansible with Azure DevOps Pipelines |

Ansible is an open-source, configuration management tool that automates cloud provisioning, configuration management, and application deployments. Using Ansible you can provision virtual machines, containers, network, and complete cloud infrastructures. 

Automate Azure cloud infrastructure setup using Ansible and Azure pipeline

Integrate Ansible with Azure Cloud
Integrating Ansible with Microsoft Azure allows you to automate and manage your Azure infrastructure using Ansible playbooks and modules. Ansible provides a collection of Azure-specific modules that enable you to provision and configure resources in Azure.

To configure Azure credentials, you need the following information:

  • Your Azure subscription ID and tenant ID
  • The service principal application ID and secret


  • Azure account subscription, click here if you don't have one.
  • Service principal to create any resources in Azure cloud using Azure cloud shell or Azure CLI

Create Azure Service Principal

Run the following commands to create an Azure Service Principal:

az ad sp create-for-rbac --name <service-principal-name> \ 
--role Contributor \ 
--scopes /subscriptions/<subscription_id>
Save the above output in a file as you will not be able retrieve later.
Create an Ansible playbook

Create a simple playbook to create resource group in Azure. Make sure you modify the name of the resource group and location below.


- hosts: localhost

  connection: local


    - name: Creating resource group


        name: "my-rg12"

        location: "eastus"

Create Azure YAML build pipeline:

Login to Azure Devops --> https://dev.azure.com

Select project dashboard.

Go to Pipelines -> New pipeline --> Click on Azure Repos Git or any SCM where you have playbooks stored. Select repo, click on Starter pipeline.

Add below four pipeline variables with value received from service principal creation.

Add below tasks:
  • Install Ansible on build agent
  • Install Ansible rm module on build agent
  • Execute Ansible playbook for creating resource group in Azure cloud.
- main
pr: none # Disable PR triggers, can be adjusted as needed
vmImage: 'ubuntu-latest'
- script: |
# Install Ansible
pip3 install "ansible==2.9.17"
displayName: 'Install Ansible'
- script: |
# Install Ansible rm module
pip3 install ansible[azure]
displayName: 'Install Ansible rm module'
- script: |
# Run Ansible playbook to create resource group
ansible-playbook create-rg.yml
displayName: 'Run Ansible Playbook'

Save the pipeline and run it.

Now Login to Azure cloud to see if the resource group have been created.

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