In order to get started with Ansible and Bamboo (talking about latest versions which include the deployment management section) there is very little to do, at least this is what I did
- get your Bamboo up and running of course
- prepare one agent with Ansible (pip install ansible or other installation guides)
- prepare a build and locate your build artifacts
- share your artifacts so they are picked by the release management module of Bamboo
- create a deployment project
Now that you have your artifacts and you can prepare software releases is time to move to Ansible:
- prepare a repository to store your Ansible code, create usual folders for Ansible
- commit your playbook, roles, vaults, inventories
As a next step we put things together, the release and the ansible scripts meet at environment level:
- checkout the ansible code
- add a task to download the artifacts in a subfolder called "files"
- invoke Ansible - any command to copy files to remote destination will be searching under "files" and will do the shipping for you.
To make life easier you can make a special Ansible role that removes versions from the release files so that roles can reference them easier, for example my.software-1.3.rpm could become my.software.rpm
And you are done, now starts the Ansible fun. Personally I create one Bamboo environment for each inventory file and name them in a way that I can trace easy which env is tied to which environment.
In case you have sensitive information use vaults, encrypt files in you Ansible repository, you can keep the password in a file directly on the agent.