Using Ansible to update your Home Dynamic DNS via Rackspace Cloud DNS

Like most home Internet users, my home Internet has a dynamic IP Address. For many years, I used DynDNS to keep a hostname associated to my home Internet, so that I could access my home resources remotely. After DynDNS started charging for the service, I just created a sub-domain off one of the domains that I own. The problem has always been that I would only find out about my IP Address changing after a failed login attempt. Since then, I have created a couple scripts. However, as I go down the Ansible journey, I try to apply the same problems to Ansible to see how it can solve problems. So, I decided to write a playbook to have Ansible automatically update my DNS record as needed.

Here is the playbook:
- hosts: localhost
connection: local
gather_facts: false

- set_fact:
rax_username: rackspace_username
rax_apikey: rackspace_apikey
update_dns: False

- name: Identify current public IPv4 address of network
command: curl -4
register: ipv4_address

- name: Identify current DNS A record of Dynamic DNS host
command: dig +short {{ hostname }}
register: dyndns_host

- name: Determine if DNS A record needs to be updated
update_dns: True
when: ipv4_address.stdout != dyndns_host.stdout

- name: Update DNS A record
module: rax_dns_record
username: "{{ rax_username }}"
api_key: "{{ rax_apikey }}"
domain: "{{ domainname }}"
name: "{{ hostname }}"
data: "{{ ipv4_address.stdout }}"
type: A
register: a_record
when: update_dns == True

As you can see it's pretty straight forward. I define several facts up front, mostly dealing with the Rackspace Cloud DNS Authentication, domain, and hostname settings. Then I run plays to determine what my current IP Address is, what the DNS A record is, comparing the two, then updating the DNS as needed.

It should be simple enough to run the playbook as a cron-job. So far, it works great!

The playbook is available via my github .