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Symfony, Ansible and your staging server set up in one hour

January 17, 2017Maxime Thoonsen1 min read

[Edit]: I'm writting a book about Ansible, click here if want a free draft.
When you start a new project and you create the Ansible provisioning for it, you will do those tasks:

  • Find the right role on Ansible Galaxy and check if there is nothing odd inside.
  • Write the role you need to have a final working provisioning
  • Write the configuration files (group_vars, hosts, var files)
  • Configure your Vagrantfile
  • Test and debug everything until it works fine

All of this requires time and Ansible's knowledge to perform. So I wrote a very opinionated and simple yeoman like tool to automate it. My choices are:

  • The tool works only on Mac and Linux
  • It is designed to provision only Ubuntu’s servers
  • It targets only the last Ubuntu LTS (currently xenial)

With very one command line, you get what you want:


What is there inside ?

  • A Vagrantfile to launch and configure your local VM
  • An Ansible playbook to provision the local VM and the prod. It includes:
    • Nginx
    • PHP
    • Composer
    • A database role (Mysql, Postgresql or Mongodb)
    • An Ansible playbook which is easy to evolve to satisfy your project specifications
    • The Capifony configuration to deploy the code

The steps are pretty straightforward and explained on the documentation.

If you have any question, feel free to ping me on Twitter and/or create an issue on Github. All feedbacks are very welcome =).

If you want to know more about how to build great Ansible playbook, this article may give you some ideas.