I have an Ansible playbook that will patch all Ansible clients defined in the Ansible hosts file. The following are contents of my hosts file, and the update playbook.
[all:vars] ansible_user='ubuntu' ansible_become=yes ansible_become_method=sudo ansible_python_interpreter='/usr/bin/env python3' [servers] server1 server2 server3 [servers:vars] ansible_python_interpreter=/usr/bin/python3
--- - hosts: servers become: true become_user: root tasks: - name: Update apt repo and cache on all Debian/Ubuntu boxes apt: update_cache=yes force_apt_get=yes cache_valid_time=3600 - name: Upgrade all packages on servers apt: upgrade=dist force_apt_get=yes - name: Check if a reboot is needed on all servers register: reboot_required_file stat: path=/var/run/reboot-required get_md5=no - name: Reboot the box if kernel updated reboot: msg: "Reboot initiated by Ansible for kernel updates" connect_timeout: 5 reboot_timeout: 300 pre_reboot_delay: 0 post_reboot_delay: 30 test_command: uptime when: reboot_required_file.stat.exist
Here’s how I run my Ansible update playbook.
ansible-playbook -i /etc/ansible/hosts /etc/ansible/update.yml
The advantage of using Ansible is, I can run a single playbook to update dozens of servers. It’s also a great tool for rolling out software as well as executing commands to a group of servers.