Ansible Tower has the following requirements:
Supported Operating Systems:
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 64-bit
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 64-bit
- CentOS 6 64-bit
- CentOS 7 64-bit
- Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit
- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit
The latest stable release of Ansible
2 GB RAM minimum (4+ GB RAM recommended)
- 2 GB RAM (minimum and recommended for Vagrant trial installations)
- 4 GB RAM is recommended per 100 forks
20 GB hard disk
64-bit support required (kernel and runtime)
For Amazon EC2:
- Instance size of m3.medium or larger
- An instance size of m3.xlarge or larger if there are more than 100 hosts
For HA MongoDB setups:
If you plan to run MongoDB, the following guidelines provide a rough estimate for the amount of space required. The basic calculation is:
(number of hosts in inventory) * (number of scans) * (average module fact size) * (number of modules scanning)
hosts = 1,000
number of scans = 365 (1 scan per day for a year)
average module fact size = 100 kb
number of modules = 4 (ansible, packages, services, files)
= 146 GB
The default scan operation has the four (4) modules listed, but you can add your own. Depending on the kinds of modules and the size of the facts you are gathering, that size might be larger.
To help keep the size down, you can use a management job to purge old facts. Refer to Management Jobs in the Ansible Tower Administration Guide for more information
Tower depends on Ansible playbooks and requires the installation of the latest stable version of Ansible before installing Tower.
Use the latest stable release of Ansible for best performance and to ensure the latest bug fixes are available. Versions of Ansible 1.8 or later are supported for Ansible Tower 2.2.
Detailed instructions on installing Ansible are available at: http://docs.ansible.com/intro_installation.html
While other operating systems may technically function, currently only the above list is supported to host an Ansible Tower installation. If you have a firm requirement to run Tower on an unsupported operating system, please contact Ansible via the Red Hat Customer Portal at https://access.redhat.com/. Management of other operating systems (nodes) is as documented by the Ansible project itself, and allows for a wider list.
Actual RAM requirements vary based on how many hosts Tower will manage simultaneously (which is controlled by the
forks parameter in the job template or the system
ansible.cfg file). To avoid possible resource conflicts, Ansible recommends 4 GB of memory per 100 forks. For example, if
forks is set to 100, 4 GB of memory is recommended; if
forks is set to 400, 16 GB of memory is recommended.
A larger number of hosts can of course be addressed, though if the fork number is less than the total host count, more passes across the hosts are required. These RAM limitations are avoided when using rolling updates or when using the provisioning callback system built into Tower, where each system requesting configuration enters a queue and is processed as quickly as possible; or in cases where Tower is producing or deploying images such as AMIs. All of these are great approaches to managing larger environments. For further questions, please contact Ansible using the Red Hat Customer Portal at https://access.redhat.com/.
It is strongly recommended to use the latest stable release of Ansible for best performance and to ensure the latest bugfixes are available. However, any version of Ansible 1.8 or later is supported for Ansible Tower 2.2.
The requirements for systems managed by Tower are the same as for Ansible at: http://docs.ansible.com/intro_getting_started.html