Ansible with ManageIQ


I wanted to know if we could use ansible playbooks on manageIQ without having tower? I have activated embedded ansible and i can see the services running in the server by roles tab, however i cannot see a worker in the diagnostic server. Also GIT configuration etc looks greyed out

Anyone has prior experience like this and can help


When you enable the Embedded Ansible Role in MIQ, it does install a “headless” version of Ansible Tower in the background. You can try checking if you can any log files in /var/log/tower


I can see some logs in /var/log/manageiq/production.log
production.log:[----] I, [2018-10-09T04:46:53.347051 #8496:b83cd58] INFO – : [ ActionCable] Broadcasting to notifications_1: {:level=>“info”, :created_at=>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 08:46:53 UTC +00:00, :text=>“The role %{role_name} has started acti vation on server %{server_name}”, :bindings=>{:role_name=>{:text=>“Embedded Ansi ble”}, :server_name=>{:text=>“XXX”}}}


Also when i search for file called tower i do find something

[root@host-10-73-123-4 manageiq]# find / -name tower*


This is an openstack appliance i have setup but i cannot find any ansible or tower rpm
[root@host manageiq]# rpm -q --all | grep -i ansible
[root@host manageiq]# rpm -q --all | grep -i tower


We do have some tower RPMs installed on out Ansible Node.I guess the installation did not work in our case (I have not installed our Embedded Ansible Appliance, therefore I have no idea how to do it)

rpm -qa |grep tower


Are you running ManageIQ or CloudForms?

Make sure your appliance has enough memory, you want about 12GB as an absolute minimum for the embedded Tower/AWX installation to start. Embedded Ansible features being greyed out is an indication that the AWX installation has not completed yet (or failed).

There are some troubleshooting tips here:



I dont see any distress for resource, looks quite ok to me.

top - 01:41:33 up 2 days, 58 min, 1 user, load average: 0.48, 0.52, 0.51
Tasks: 332 total, 3 running, 329 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
%Cpu(s): 4.2 us, 0.7 sy, 0.1 ni, 94.6 id, 0.1 wa, 0.0 hi, 0.3 si, 0.0 st
KiB Mem : 20393688 total, 6947684 free, 9827232 used, 3618772 buff/cache
KiB Swap: 6287356 total, 6287356 free, 0 used. 9912592 avail Mem


I think this has something to do with embedded docker, i have a broken dns and public internet, i think ansible requires it for setup. I saw some logs as below
Oct 10 05:15:23 host- dockerd-current: time=“2018-10-10T05:15:23.783770759-04:00” level=warning msg=“Error getting v2 registry: Get dial tcp: lookup on X.X.X.X:53: server misbehaving”
Oct 10 05:15:23 host-dockerd-current: time=“2018-10-10T05:15:23.783844170-04:00” level=error msg=“Attempting next endpoint for pull after error: Get dial tcp: lookup on X.X.X.Y:53: server misbehaving”


I was right, the ansible engine (not tower) downloads the following docker containers at run time,
Since i had a broken DNS and internet it was not starting. I imported these from a tar file into docker daemon after manually starting the docker daemon, and now it seems to have started the ansible worker. I will do some further testing tomorrow. My suggestion is to have these containers presaved on the appliance unless someone knows there is a reason this approach was not taken. At run time, latest pull can be tried which will upgrade but it will run at least a base version