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Install Ansible on Windows

Hello Techies, welcome back. This blog is in continuation of the previous introductory blog and second part of the series Ansible with Windows. I request you to please visit the introductory blog to have an idea about what is Ansible. But if you already know you can just start with this blog of how to install Ansible on Windows. So, let’s get started. Now, Ansible can only be installed on Linux operating system, so, the question is how it can be installed on Windows. For that please go through the blog to learn and know how to install it on Windows.

Things to consider and steps to install Ansible on Windows:
  1. Make sure you have .Net framework 4.8 or above.
  2. Make sure you have PowerShell version 5.0 or above.
  3. Enable WSL (Windows Sub-System for Linux) inWindows, which will work as an Ansible Controller.
  4. Install Ubuntu App from Windows App Store.
  5. Install Ansible on Ubuntu.
  6. Configure WinRM on Windows so that it can communicate with Ansible Controller (WSL)
Enable WSL

So, let’s understand what is WSL. WSL which is a Windows Sub-System for Linux which gives you a Linux Environment. To enable WSL on windows. Open PowerShell as Administrator and run: 
a. Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux
b. Press Enter. Wait. Prompt for Restart. Press Y

Enable WSL


a. Go to Control Panel -> Program Features. Click on Turn Windows features on or off .
b. Check the box in front of Windows Subsystem for Linux. Click OK and Restart the computer.

Enable WSL

    Install Ubuntu

        a. Open Microsoft App Store and Search Ubuntu:

Install Ubuntu

     b. Click on Ubuntu and Install it. When prompted to Sign-In just close the prompt it will start downloading and install it without Sign-In.

    Install Ansible on Ubuntu

     a. Open Ubuntu App and create username and password.

    b. To work as a admin/root (sudo in Linux) user type in:
    Sudo su and type the password you created for your user above, you will be logged in as root user now with Admin rights.
Ubuntu Root User

    c. To install Ansible using Pip type the following commands:
      apt update
      apt upgrade -y
      apt install python3-pip -y
      pip3 install ansible (it will take 40 minutes, so please wait patiently)
      pip3 install winrm

    d. To check if it is installed type ansible --version
Verify Ansible Installation

    Configure WinRM on Remote Client

    a. Download the WinRM configuration script and save it as ConfigureRemotingForAnsible.ps1on Desktop:
    b.  Open PowerShell as Admin and type:


Configure WinRM

      So, this is how we install Ansible on Windows using WSL. This blog explains how to set up the  environment for Ansible on Windows. Hope the details help you as well. In the coming blog we will look at how can we ping the Windows host machine from Ansible Controller and will create our first playbook as well.

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