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Configuring Ansible for Windows

Last Updated May 3rd 2022, 12:41:16 am

Description

This article will explain how to get up and running using Ansible in a windows environment.

Installing Ansible on Windows

Install & Configure Windows Subsystem for Linux Version 2 (WSL2)

  1. Download this WSL 2 kernel update (required). https://wslstorestorage.blob.core.windows.net/wslblob/wsl_update_x64.msi

  2. Double-click the wsl_update_x64.msi file and apply the update.

  3. Open Start.

  4. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  5. Run the Following two commands to enable WSL.

> dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux /all /norestart

> dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:VirtualMachinePlatform /all /norestart

  1. Type the following command to set Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 your default architecture for new distros that you install and press Enter:

> wsl --set-default-version 2

  1. (Optional) To convert the distro from WSL 1 to WSL 2, type the following (depending on which distro(s) you are trying to use) and press Enter:

> wsl --set-version Ubuntu 2

> wsl --set-version kali-linux 2

Download / Install Ubuntu or Kali Linux

If you have not done so alread.

  1. Download Ubuntu AND/OR Kali Linux from the Windows Store.

Configure WinRM on each Windows Host

See here

Install Asible in Linux Sub-system

  1. Open Ubuntu

sudo mkdir /etc/ansible

sudo nano /etc/ansible/hosts

Example hosts file contents;

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[web]
globo-web02

[web:vars]
ansible_user="ansible-user@domain.com"
ansible_password=P@ssw0rd
ansible_connection=winrm
ansible_winrm_transport=credsp
ansible_winrm_server_cert_validation=ignore

Ignore certificate validation unless a real cert has been issued by a CA.