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How to work on Windows as a Linux developer with Vagrant and Ansible?

I wrote an article recently for explaining why we should use Vagrant developing your PHP projects but it is just a part of the story. If you are a developer that doing development stuff on Windows and had to play with the tools like Ansible or Capistrano, you will met a lot of problems with managing versions of Ruby, Python.

I had a chance to learn and use Ansible to provision my Virtual Machine using Vagrant then falling in love with this simple automation tool. But as you know, Ansible is not well-supported Windows.

When I start a new project, how can I provision staging server to deploy my updated changes? How can I provision multiple production servers when scaling when need?

I had an idea to put all projects into a workspace folder and enable this machine to see all projects inside VM.

workspace structure
Please follow the instructions here and you will be in love with this development stack.

#open gitbash
cd yourworkspace
git [email protected]:giappv/vagrant_ansible.git
cd vagrant_ansible
vagrant plugin install vagrant-hostmanager
vagrant up

After creating VM successfully with Vagrant, these are commands that you use frequently for working inside your workspace.

#open your gitbash on Windows
cd yourworkspace/vagrant_ansible
vagrant up
eval $(ssh-agent) # for create an agent id
ssh-add #for adding agent id you created to transfer environment variables from Windows to your VM
vagrant ssh
# your are in Linux now
cd /vagrant #it is mounted to your workspace folder
# doing something such as provisioning your AWS Instance
ansible-playbook -i pathtoplaybookinventory pathtoplaybook.yml

You can share your deployment stack with your team member on Linux (which is well-supported) so they will not have to spend time of installing bunch of software but not able to work because of their Windows version is not supported.

vagrant ansible

How to work on Windows as a Linux developer with Vagrant and Ansible?

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