My motivation for starting this blog was to make a note of useful Python code I’ve discovered or written so I could easily find it again. It also has the added benefit of forcing me to understand the libraries I’m using so I can explain them and write concise examples.
Another person who used a blog to start something is Doug Hellmann. He created the Python Module of the Week blog to get in the habit of writing something on a regular basis. The blog focuses on Python’s standard library and includes some very good examples.
When the number of machines you are trying to manage grows there will come a time when you want to do more than just run Python on the local machine; you want to manage servers remotely. If that server is *nix derived then that means SSH.
Python naturally has a module for SSH connections called Paramiko. Installing the Paramiko module is a straight forward with pip (pip install paramiko) but it has a dependency on the C module PyCrypto. If you are on Windows, the best way to install this is using an installer from VoidSpace.
Once installed you can connect to a server using SSH in just a few lines of code. I could repeat the code from several other blogs here but instead I’ll just point you to an article written for Python Magazine which does a decent job of explaining the basics.