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09 Dec, 2016


The core Ansible project manages systems by connecting to them over existing transport mechanisms already in use for your machines. For Linux and Unix machines, this means using SSH, either using OpenSSH, or in constrained environments, paramiko (a Python library). For Windows hosts, this means using Windows Remote Management via PowerShell remoting. Modules, which are small Ansible programs containing baked-in arguments, are transferred over these transport mechanisms to a temporary directory on the remote machine, executed, and then removed in one action. The modules return JSON over standard output, and this return data is processed by the Ansible program on the controlling machine.