In this blog, Post I will show you how to stop using sudo password to manage Linux machines with Ansible.
By default, when you run an Ansible command \ playbook against Linux machines, you need to use the -b and -K switches.
The two switches will run the command as sudo and ask for a password.
The above is OK in small deployment. However, it is hard to scale this way or manage a large number of machines.
We can bypass this problem by using two things:
- Private \ Public SSH – We create a public and private key and copy the public key to hosts machines while keeping the private key on the control node.
- We add the service account user on the node to the sudoers file – This will allow us to run the playbook with a service account without using sudo.
Create Private and Public Key
On the Ansible control node, I will create an SSH using the following command.
ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Note down the locations of the files, and do not use a passphrase.
The output will look like this:
Generating public/private rsa key pair. Enter file in which to save the key (/root/.ssh/id_rsa): Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase): Enter same passphrase again: Your identification has been saved in /root/.ssh/id_rsa. Your public key has been saved in /root/.ssh/id_rsa.pub.
Run the following two commands.
$ ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa
Copy SSH files
Next, I will copy the public SSH key to my host machine, which I would like to manage with Ansible.
The IP address of my machine is: 172.16.16.0
ssh-copy-id -i ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub email@example.com
SSH to Host
I will connect to my host using SSH
If I copied the file correctly, I would not be asked for a password.
From the host machine, I will open the following file.
At the bottom of the file, I will add the following line.
admin ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD:ALL
Now, I can run a playbook without using -b and -k.
ansible-playbook -i hosts playbook01.yaml