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DevOps: Drupal server configuration with Ansible and Drupal VM

Track: Coding and Development | Skill level: Intermediate
Vincenzo Gambino

Server Configuration Management will drastically improve the integrity of your server keeping track of changes made to it. It helps for example on provisioning quickly a new server, recovering quickly from a critical events and replicating environment across servers.

There are different tools that can be used to such as Ansible, Puppet, Chef and Chef.

In this session I am going to cover Ansible. Benefits of Ansible:

  • Configuration can be written in YAML

  • You can deploy configuration via SSH

  • Any computer can be a controller

  • It is used by Drupal VM


Drupal VM aims to make spinning up a simple local Drupal test/development environment incredibly quick and easy, and to introduce new developers to the wonderful world of Drupal development on local virtual machines. It can also be deployed on live server so you can have same configuration between dev and prod.


In this session I will show how to build a simple and portable configuration file. We will run through some basic concept of Ansible and then we will deploy I will deploy it to different servers.

Then I will show how Drupal VM works. We will run through Drupal VM structure and configuration. We will deploy Drupal VM to a local environment and then to a live environment.


Topic that will be covered on this session:

  • Server configuration management overview

  • Ansible overview

  • Ansible terminology

  • Ansible structure

  • Deploy ansible configuration to dev server and live server

  • Drupal VM overview

  • Drupal VM structure

  • Using Drupal VM to create a Drupal Development environment

  • Deploy your Drupal VM configuration to a live server


About the Speaker.

Vincenzo Gambino is a Senior Drupal developer at BrightLemon with 9 years of experience in web developing. He usually works in a LAMP with Drupal and other MVC frameworks such as Laravel and Symfony. He worked with organisations such as Propeller TV, Cambridge University, UK Trade and Investment, University of Dammam, MSF, City University London and Pearson.

He’s also a Drupal contributor and teacher. He contributed to Drupal Camp London 2016 and Drupal Camp Munich 2016 teaching Drupal and running a session about SSO.

Keynote Speakers

Matt Glaman

Matt Glaman

(Saturday keynote)

Matt Glaman is a developer at Commerce Guys. He is an open source developer who has been working with Drupal since 2013. He is author of the Drupal 8 Development Cookbook, maintainer of, and lover of Irish Whiskey.

Twitter: @nmdmatt

Jeffrey A 'JAM' McGuire

Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire

(Sunday keynote)

Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire—Evangelist, Developer Relations at Acquia—is a memorable and charismatic communicator with a strong following at the intersection of open source software, business, and culture. He is a frequent keynote speaker at events around the world. He writes and talks about technology, community, and more on weekly podcasts and as a blogger on This all helps satisfy his inner diva, which he also feeds with performances as a storyteller and musician.

Twitter: @horncologne

Danese Cooper

Danese Cooper

(Sunday closing keynote)

Danese Cooper currently serves as chairperson of the Node.js Foundation. She also works in an open source role at PayPal. Previously she was Director of the Open Source Hardware Association and CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation. She had brief stint at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a consulting open source strategist. She has been involved with open source since 1999.

Twitter: @divadanese

CxO Day Speakers

Sarah Wood OBE

Unruly Co-Founder (CEO)

Sarah Wood

David Axmark

Co-founder of MySQL

David Axmark

Ben Finn OBE

Co-Founder of Sibelius and CEO at Stealth Poker

Ben Finn

Barney Brown

Head of Digital at Cambridge University

Barney Brown

Professor Andre Spicer

Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Cass Business School City, University London

Andre Spicer

Paul Reeves

Reevo UN Limited

Paul Reeves



CxO Day

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