hands-on lab

Use Terraform and Ansible Together to Create an Azure Linux VM with Nginx Installed

1h 30m
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Lab description

Terraform is an infrastructure automation tool that allows companies to manage infrastructure through code. This provides many benefits such as greater recovery, predictability, and speed. Infrastructure as code is quickly becoming a standard for managing cloud resources and is widely practiced among the top high performing companies.

In this lab, you'll learn how to use Terraform to provision an Azure VM, bootstrapped using Ansible. Ansible is an IT automation technology often used within DevOps to reliably and repeatedly install software and applications on VMs that run in the cloud and on-prem servers. You'll use Terraform together with Ansible to launch a Linux VM and then perform automated configuration management on it, installing and configuring Nginx (web server). The Ansible playbook that you develop will download and setup an example static HTML5 responsive website, to be served by the Nginx web server.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this intermediate level lab, you'll be able to:

  • Use Terraform to init, plan, and apply Azure infrastructure
  • Use Ansible as a configuration management tool to automatically bootstrap an Azure VM during launch time
  • Configure an Azure VM with Nginx (web server)

Intended Audience

  • Anyone interested in learning how to use Terraform to provision Azure infrastructure
  • Cloud Architects
  • DevOps Engineers


Familiarity with the following will be beneficial but is not required:

  • Basic understanding of Azure
  • Basic understanding of Terraform
  • Basic understanding of Ansible

The following content can be used to fulfill the prerequisite:

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About the author
Jeremy Cook
Content Lead Architect
Learning paths

Jeremy is a Content Lead Architect and DevOps SME here at Cloud Academy where he specializes in developing DevOps technical training documentation.

He has a strong background in software engineering, and has been coding with various languages, frameworks, and systems for the past 25+ years. In recent times, Jeremy has been focused on DevOps, Cloud (AWS, Azure, GCP), Security, Kubernetes, and Machine Learning.

Jeremy holds professional certifications for AWS, Azure, GCP, Terraform, Kubernetes (CKA, CKAD, CKS).

Covered topics
Lab steps
Access the CloudAcademy IDE
Create a Terraform template to provision an Azure Linux VM
Install Ansible and integrate it into the Terraform Templates