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Ansible Cmdb Host Data Collection

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ansible-cmdb makes it simple to collect summary data about all the machines on your home network. For example, how much RAM and disk space they’re using.

Here’s how I set it up to generate a regular HTML report that I can view in my web browser.


pip install ansible-cmdb

Make output directories

# Directory for dumping stats from each host
sudo mkdir /var/www/html/ansible
# Directory for creating the HTML page
sudo chown paul:paul /var/www/html/ansible
mkdir /var/www/html/ansible/cmdb

Create a shell script

# ~/scripts/ansible/
# Fetch the facts from each host, then generate a static HTML report
ANSIBLE_HOSTS="monitor" # the name of the group I want to query
                        # from my inventory (/etc/ansible/hosts)
ansible -m setup --tree ~/ansible/stats/cmdb/ "$ANSIBLE_HOSTS"
ansible-cmdb ~/ansible/stats/cmdb/ > /var/www/html/ansible/cmdb/overview.html 2>&1

Serve the report from your web server

You can now open the file in your web browser at file:///var/www/html/ansible/cmdb/overview.html

To host it on my webserver, so that I can access it through a simple URL, I configured Caddy.

Edit your Caddy configuration (/etc/caddy/Caddyfile), adding an entry like:

:80 {
        handle_path /cmdb {
                root * /var/www/html/ansible/cmdb
                try_files {path} overview.html index.html

Run sudo systemctl reload caddy and browse to `



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