I'm very new to using ansible; please forgive my ignorance.
I need to manage groups of machines that all look identical in their "group." For various reasons I cannot just use an instance template in my cloud providers and some on-host bootstrap to configure the nodes when they start.
This is not what other examples tend to look like. I've spoken with a couple peers who were surprised this worked and suggested not going this route.
Is this not 'supported'?
Is this an anti-pattern?
Can anyone recommend an alternative or more appropriate approach to deeply nested group variable inheritance with as little repeating yourself as practical?