To reason for this switch was relatively simple: I really liked that Ansible was agentless compared to Saltstack where you need a master and agents.
Another reason was that I find Ansible playbooks a lot easier to write and maintain than Saltstack states.
To get my playbook skills going I decided to uninstall salt by using a playbook.
The playbook I wrote is below available for anyone free to use. It uninstalls the
salt-* packages, removes the Saltstack APT list and cleans up all the config, log and cache directories. It should run on all debian based distros.
Warning: This playbook also deletes the
/srv/salt directory. Make sure you have it backed up before running the playbook.
--- - hosts: all remote_user: root tasks: - name: remove salt packages apt: name: salt-* purge: yes state: absent - name: delete config files file: state: absent path: "/etc/salt/" - name: delete log files file: state: absent path: "/var/log/salt/" - name: delete cache files file: state: absent path: "/var/cache/salt/" - name: delete salt apt list file: state: absent path: "/etc/apt/sources.list.d/saltstack.list" - name: delete salt state files file: state: absent path: "/srv/salt/" - name: update apt cache apt: update_cache: yes