Update All Packages on Ubuntu Server With Ansible

This blog post Will show you how to update all software packages on an Ubuntu server using an Ansible playbook without rebooting the server.

Managing Windows systems with Ansible involves utilizing Ansible’s robust automation capabilities to streamline the administration and configuration of Windows environments.

By leveraging Ansible modules specifically designed for Windows, such as win_command, win_copy, and win_feature, administrators can execute commands, transfer files, and manage Windows features efficiently.

Ansible’s agentless architecture simplifies deployment, requiring only WinRM (Windows Remote Management) to be enabled on target machines.

Through playbooks, which are YAML-based files defining tasks and configurations, administrators can automate repetitive tasks, enforce configuration consistency, and ensure compliance across Windows servers and workstations, thus enhancing operational efficiency and reducing the risk of manual errors.

Apt Module

By default, Ansible comes with the Apt module which allows us to update packages on Ubuntu servers. The module is capable of doing the same things as running the apt command directly on a server.

Inventory file

Below is my inventory file and host vars for the host login configuration. The options are very important, and In my case, I am using the following:

You can also see that I am using SSH authentication to connect to my managed hosts.


Update All Packages on Ubuntu Server With Ansible

The following playbook will install all the available packages on the managed hosts without restarting them.

- hosts: servers
    - name: Update cache 
       update_cache: yes
    - name: Upgrade all packages on servers
        name: "*"
        state: latest

To run the playbook, I will use the following command.

sudo ansible-playbook playbooks/update-ubuntu.yml -i hosts

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