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How to set fact on another host?

Use delegate_to and delegate_fact together

- name: Store some fact on host B
    server_description: This is host B
  delegate_to: host_B
  delegate_facts: true

Otherwise, fact will not be associate with delegate_to host.

For example, we need to copy the SSH public key from user echong on the first host to the other hosts in a group.

  • First we pull the public key from the first host
  • Then we store the fact on other hosts as a loop from first host
  - name: Copy SSH key
    when: inventory_hostname == groups[group_name][0]
    - name: Slurp echong ssh key from the first node
        src: "/home/echong/.ssh/id_rsa.pub"
      register: echong_ssh_pub_key

    - name: Share the echong ssh key
      delegate_to: ""
      delegate_facts: yes
        echong_ssh_pub_key_string: ""
      loop: ""

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