Ansible is a fantastic starting point for automation—either when the learning curve or the infrastructure around Chef/Puppet is too high. New users can start writing useful automation playbooks with just an SSH connection and an hour (or two) reading the docs.
This tutorial will alternate between lecture and hands-on activities using (instructor-supplied) disposable cloud infrastructure.
Sysadmins with zero exposure to Ansible through intermediate-level users who want a guided tour of its potential.
Knowledge of what Ansible is, how it works, and how it compares with other configuration-management tools; hands-on experience using Ansible to solve real-world problems; and opinionated best-practices for saving blood, sweat, and/or tears.