Project 1: Package an Application#

In this project you’ll use Ansible and Terraform to package the work you did in the Install Software Three Ways lab. In the last lab you modified your VM manually, which is important for learning how to get things working, but can’t be quickly copied and redone.

Project Note

Use the code you develop in and playbook.yaml as a start for this project and will be the basis for future projects.

Copy the base Directory#

In your git repository, create copy the base directory to create a new directory for this project.

$ cp -R base project1
$ cd project1


You should have performed terraform destroy in base before making a copy

Configure the ACL#

In the file update the allowed ports to include only:

  • 22 (SSH)

  • 80 (HTTP)

Update Packages#

The playbook.yaml file already has a play that installs the python3-pip and python3-venv packages. Add the following packages to the list:

  • apache2

  • nodejs

Create a Custom HTML File#

Here’s some HTML. Update it with your name and copy paste it into a file called index.html in the same directory as playbook.yaml.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<h1>Welcome to my CIS-91 project!</h1>
<p>Your name here.</p>

Write a Play to Install index.html#

Ansible can copy files from the local machine to the target. You can find the full documentation in the documentation of ansible.builtin.copy. Add the following task to your existing ansible play.

- name: Copy file with owner and permissions
    src: index.html
    dest: /var/www/html/index.html
    owner: www-data
    group: www-data
    mode: '0644'

Test your Work#

Start by using Terraform to create your infrastructure:

$ terraform init 
$ terraform apply 

Now use Ansible to apply the VM configuration:

$ ansible-playbook --private-key ~/.ssh/google_compute_engine -i ../inventory.gcp.yaml playbook.yaml 

You should see your custom HTML by directing your browser to your IP address.

Commit and Push Your Changes#

In class I demonstrate committing your work using the Cloud Shell Editor and vscode. You can also do it on the command line:

$ git add index.html playbook.yaml
$ git commit -m "First commit of lab 07"
$ git push 

Turn In#

Turn in the following:

  1. The URL of your GitHub repo (I will browse there and look at your and playbook.yaml)

  2. The IP address of your project so I can visit your page.