how to manage users with ansible

If you have multiple servers to manage, it can be a pain to manually add a new user, change a password, or lock an old account. Manually logging into all of your servers and performing these tasks is a real pain, and a huge waste of time.

Using ansible user module, you can manage users and ssh keys in a single run of playbook.

Create users

The home directory for the user will also be created by default. You have the option to choose your home directory by setting the home parameter.

Following playbook is for Red Hat/CentOS

You need to change user group for Debian based systems



$ ENV=prod; ansible-playbook   -i inventories/$ENV --extra-vars "env=$ENV" authorize_users.yml

Remove Users

Removing an existing user is easy. You just have to set the ‘state’ parameter to ‘absent’. It executes the ‘userdel’ command in the background.




$ ENV=prod; ansible-playbook -i inventories/$ENV --extra-vars "env=$ENV" deauthorize_users.yml