Building the network automation lab environment seems to be one of the early showstoppers on everyone’s network automation journey. These resources might help you get started:
- I wrote an installation script that installs the myriad dependencies needed by Ansible and NAPALM in just the right order on a Ubuntu VM (step-by-step instructions for ipSpace.net subscribers).
- Carl Buchmann open-sourced a full-blown infrastructure-as-code development environment he uses for his automation projects.
- Jaap de Vos described how he creates a Docker image containing Ansible, NAPALM and Nornir.
Hint: after setting up your environment, you might want to enroll into the Spring 2019 network automation course ;)