bigip_command – Run TMSH and BASH commands on F5 devices

New in version 1.0.0.

Synopsis

  • Sends a TMSH or BASH command to a BIG-IP node and returns the results read from the device. This module includes an argument that will cause the module to wait for a specific condition before returning or timing out if the condition is not met.
  • This module is not idempotent, nor will it ever be. It is intended as a stop-gap measure to satisfy automation requirements until such a time as a real module has been developed to configure in the way you need.
  • If you are using this module, we recommend also filing an issue to have a real module created for your needs.

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Configuration Comments
chdir
string
Change into this directory before running the command.
commands
raw / required
The commands to send to the remote BIG-IP device over the configured provider. The resulting output from the command is returned. If the wait_for argument is provided, the module is not returned until the condition is satisfied or the number of retries has expired.
Only tmsh commands are supported. If you are piping or adding additional logic that is outside of tmsh (such as grep'ing, awk'ing or other shell related logic that are not tmsh), this behavior is not supported.
interval
integer
Default:
1
Configures the interval in seconds to wait between retries of the command. If the command does not pass the specified conditional, the interval indicates how to long to wait before trying the command again.
match
string
    Choices:
  • any
  • all ←
The match argument is used in conjunction with the wait_for argument to specify the match policy. Valid values are all or any. If the value is set to all, then all conditionals in the wait_for must be satisfied. If the value is set to any then only one of the values must be satisfied.
provider
dictionary
added in 1.0.0
A dict object containing connection details.
auth_provider
string
Configures the auth provider for to obtain authentication tokens from the remote device.
This option is really used when working with BIG-IQ devices.
no_f5_teem
boolean
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes
If yes, TEEM telemetry data is not sent to F5.
You may omit this option by setting the environment variable F5_TEEM.
password
string / required
The password for the user account used to connect to the BIG-IP.
You may omit this option by setting the environment variable F5_PASSWORD.

aliases: pass, pwd
server
string / required
The BIG-IP host.
You may omit this option by setting the environment variable F5_SERVER.
server_port
integer
Default:
443
The BIG-IP server port.
You may omit this option by setting the environment variable F5_SERVER_PORT.
ssh_keyfile
path
Specifies the SSH keyfile to use to authenticate the connection to the remote device. This argument is only used for cli transports.
You may omit this option by setting the environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_SSH_KEYFILE.
timeout
integer
Specifies the timeout in seconds for communicating with the network device for either connecting or sending commands. If the timeout is exceeded before the operation is completed, the module will error.
transport
string
    Choices:
  • cli
  • rest ←
Configures the transport connection to use when connecting to the remote device.
user
string / required
The username to connect to the BIG-IP with. This user must have administrative privileges on the device.
You may omit this option by setting the environment variable F5_USER.
validate_certs
boolean
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes ←
If no, SSL certificates are not validated. Use this only on personally controlled sites using self-signed certificates.
You may omit this option by setting the environment variable F5_VALIDATE_CERTS.
retries
integer
Default:
10
Specifies the number of retries a command should be tried before it is considered failed. The command is run on the target device every retry and evaluated against the wait_for conditionals.
wait_for
list / elements=string
Specifies what to evaluate from the output of the command and what conditionals to apply. This argument will cause the task to wait for a particular conditional to be true before moving forward. If the conditional is not true by the configured retries, the task fails. See the examples.

aliases: waitfor
warn
boolean
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes ←
Whether the module should raise warnings related to command idempotency or not.
Note that the F5 Ansible developers specifically leave this on to make you aware that your usage of this module may be better served by official F5 Ansible modules. This module should always be used as a last resort.

Notes

Note

  • When running this module in an HA environment via SSH connection and using a role other than admin or root, you may see a Change Pending status, even if you did not make any changes. This is being tracked with ID429869.
  • For more information on using Ansible to manage F5 Networks devices see https://www.ansible.com/integrations/networks/f5.
  • Requires BIG-IP software version >= 12.
  • The F5 modules only manipulate the running configuration of the F5 product. To ensure that BIG-IP specific configuration persists to disk, be sure to include at least one task that uses the f5networks.f5_modules.bigip_config module to save the running configuration. Refer to the module’s documentation for the correct usage of the module to save your running configuration.

Examples

- name: run show version on remote devices
  bigip_command:
    commands: show sys version
    provider:
      server: lb.mydomain.com
      password: secret
      user: admin
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: run show version and check to see if output contains BIG-IP
  bigip_command:
    commands: show sys version
    wait_for: result[0] contains BIG-IP
    provider:
      server: lb.mydomain.com
      password: secret
      user: admin
  register: result
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: run multiple commands on remote nodes
  bigip_command:
    commands:
      - show sys version
      - list ltm virtual
    provider:
      server: lb.mydomain.com
      password: secret
      user: admin
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: run multiple commands and evaluate the output
  bigip_command:
    commands:
      - show sys version
      - list ltm virtual
    wait_for:
      - result[0] contains BIG-IP
      - result[1] contains my-vs
    provider:
      server: lb.mydomain.com
      password: secret
      user: admin
  register: result
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: tmsh prefixes will automatically be handled
  bigip_command:
    commands:
      - show sys version
      - tmsh list ltm virtual
    provider:
      server: lb.mydomain.com
      password: secret
      user: admin
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Delete all LTM nodes in Partition1, assuming no dependencies exist
  bigip_command:
    commands:
      - delete ltm node all
    chdir: Partition1
    provider:
      server: lb.mydomain.com
      password: secret
      user: admin
  delegate_to: localhost

Return Values

The following are the fields unique to this module:

Key Returned Description
failed_conditions
list
failed
The list of conditionals that have failed.

Sample:
['...', '...']
stdout
list
always
The set of responses from the commands.

Sample:
['...', '...']
stdout_lines
list
always
The value of stdout split into a list.

Sample:
[['...', '...'], ['...'], ['...']]
warn
boolean
changed
Whether or not to raise warnings about modification commands.

Sample:
True


Status

Authors

  • Tim Rupp (@caphrim007)
  • Wojciech Wypior (@wojtek0806)