Red Hat® Ansible® Automation Platform is a foundation for building and operating automation across an organization. It is a free, open-source application with some commercial options based on Python and YAML. It works agent-less, so there is no need to install and maintain agents on the Ansible endpoints. For the Ansible endpoints, a wide variety of operating systems is supported, including IBM AIX and IBM i. To learn more about Red Hat Ansible, you can watch the quick start video at https://www.ansible.com/resources/videos/quick-start-video.
Some time ago, Red Hat has provided Ansible collections for SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA on Red Hat Linux. A detailed description can be found in this blog article.
To automate installation and administration tasks for SAP on AIX and IBM i, the SAP on Power team has now published two new Ansible collections:
Ansible Content for IBM Power Systems – AIX with SAP Software at https://galaxy.ansible.com/ibm/power_aix_sap
Ansible Content for IBM Power Systems – IBM i with SAP Software at https://galaxy.ansible.com/ibm/power_ibmi_sap
In their initial version, both collections cover four use cases that are frequently executed in typical SAP environment:
Installing or upgrading the SAP Host Agent
Start SAP instances
Stop SAP instances
Upgrade the kernel of an already existing SAP system
Together with the general collections for the operating systems AIX and IBM i, they build the foundation for the automation of all system administration tasks in the SAP environment on IBM Power systems with AIX or IBM i.
The collections are published under community support and will be maintained and enhanced by the SAP on Power team. If you have suggestions for future releases, feel free to add them as comments to this blog article.