Mar 13 – 15, 2023
IAC, Balme Library, University of Ghana
Africa/Accra timezone


As institutional IT teams are moving away from the typical traditional server management characterised by multi-component infrastructure to an automated networking environment, they need to develop the necessary skillset required for productive, effective and efficient work.

To install applications more effectively and maintain ongoing management across real and virtual systems, server automation combines task and process automation into a single solution.

Establishing workflows that automatically coordinate tasks and processes makes end-to-end management possible and lowers human error rates. It is beneficial for small development teams that must continuously maintain production to support continuous delivery.

This Technical Workshop will focus on training network admins in Ansible – a leading platform deployed by IT professionals worldwide to automate their server and network environment. 

This workshop is a side event of the WACREN 2023 Conference.

Target Audience:  Network Admins within the community

Expected Outcomes:  

  1. Attendees will be familiar with Ansible/ Automation concepts, like inventory, Playbooks etc.
  2. Attendees will be able to run playbooks, simultaneously installing and deploying services on multiple servers.

Day 1 - What Yaml, Ansible basics, Set up environment.

Day 2 - inventory file(.ini, .yaml),  running ansible inline, ansible modules, variables(host, group) , Jinja2 template.

Day 3 - playbooks and roles, Ansible from Net or SysAdmin perspective, Ansible from DevOps perspective

Facilitators: Eric Attou (WACREN) and Olalekan Allade (WACREN)


NB. This Workshop is free of charge and it is targetted at IT/ICT professionals in NRENs and their member institutions (e.g. universities, research centres etc) only. Only those who qualify will be admitted. 

Also note that registering and participating in the Workshop does not qualify participants to attend the Conference (on March 16 & 17) for free. 

All those who intend to attend the Conference are required to register and pay $150  (for guests) and $100 (for WACREN members).

IAC, Balme Library, University of Ghana
Information Access Centre