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By now you have probably heard of Red Hat Ansible. If not, this is what it is about: Red Hat® Ansible® Automation Platform is a foundation for building and operating automation across an organization. It is a free, open-source application with some commercial options based on Python and YAML. It works agent-less, so there is no need to install and maintain agents on the Ansible endpoints. Red Hat has provided Ansible collections for SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA on Red Hat Linux.

In September, 2021, Ansible collections for SAP on AIX and IBM i were published by IBM to help you automating your SAP administration tasks on these platforms. The initial version was supporting the following use cases:

  • Install or upgrade the SAP Host Agent.

  • Start SAP instances.

  • Stop SAP instances.

  • Upgrade the kernel patch level of an already installed SAP system.

On January 31st, 2022, these collections were updated with a new version 1.1.0. With the new version, the following changes and additions were shipped:

  • Improved variable and task naming for readable messages.

  • Restructured role upgrade_sap_kernel in the IBM i collection for more clarity.

  • Additional options for the roles start_sap and stop_sap to handle all instances in one step and to start or stop the SAP start services.

  • New roles start_db and stop_db in the AIX collection to start and stop a Db2 database.

  • New role sap_opsyscheck for basic operating system checks.

  • Restructured and improved documentation.

The AIX collection can be found here:, the documentation of the AIX collection is available at IBM i collection can be found here:, the documentation of the IBM i collection is available at