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Writing your own API, Part 2

November 21, 2016

As I mentioned in my previous post, NTC-Ansible uses TextFSM templates to allow you to convert your CLI outputs to JSON and then access the data in an API-like fashion. In this post I’ll cover how to run TextFSM templates against CLI outputs. Downloading TextFSM To get started, download the latest version of TextFSM using the ‘git clone’ comm...

Writing your own API, Part 1

November 21, 2016

In this series of posts I will cover how you can create your own API-like functionality for devices which do not have APIs built into them. Before I get started though, for those of you who don’t know what an API is, here’s Wikipedia’s description: “Just as a graphical user interface makes it easier for people to use programs, application progr...

Getting started with Ansible

November 20, 2016

In my previous post, Getting started with Network Automation, I discussed why I chose Ansible as my configuration management and orchestration tool over the other options. In this post I’m going to discuss the the hurdles I encountered after making this decision, and of course the solutions too. Which technique should I use? The internet is a...

Getting started with Network Automation

November 20, 2016

I’ve been looking into network automation for quite some time now. Originally I started off looking into automating small tasks by writing Python scripts but then moved onto configuration management and orchestration tools. While it might sound like a pretty straightforward path, it was actually quite an interesting  experience. In this post I’...

Building a NetApp ONTAP 9 Lab for free!

October 16, 2016

What better way to start the Zero to Hero Guide than learning how to build your own ONTAP lab for free? Thanks to Neil Anderson over at FlackBox, we can do just that! Neil has written a book which covers the entire end to end process. The book contains easy to follow step by step instructions, screenshots and diagrams to ensure that nothing get...