nxos_vrf - Manages global VRF configuration.

New in version 2.1.


  • Manages global VRF configuration.


parameter required default choices comments
no up
  • up
  • down
Administrative state of the VRF.
Description of the VRF.
Specifies the DNS host name or address for connecting to the remote device over the specified transport. The value of host is used as the destination address for the transport.
Specifies the password to use to authenticate the connection to the remote device. This is a common argument used for either cli or nxapi transports. If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_PASSWORD will be used instead.
no 0 (use common port)
Specifies the port to use when building the connection to the remote device. This value applies to either cli or nxapi. The port value will default to the appropriate transport common port if none is provided in the task. (cli=22, http=80, https=443).
Convenience method that allows all nxos arguments to be passed as a dict object. All constraints (required, choices, etc) must be met either by individual arguments or values in this dict.
(added in 2.2)
VPN Route Distinguisher (RD). Valid values are a string in one of the route-distinguisher formats (ASN2:NN, ASN4:NN, or IPV4:NN); the keyword 'auto', or the keyword 'default'.
Specifies the SSH key to use to authenticate the connection to the remote device. This argument is only used for the cli transport. If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_SSH_KEYFILE will be used instead.
no present
  • present
  • absent
Manages desired state of the resource.
(added in 2.3)
no 10
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. NX-API can be slow to return on long-running commands (sh mac, sh bgp, etc).
yes cli
Configures the transport connection to use when connecting to the remote device. The transport argument supports connectivity to the device over cli (ssh) or nxapi.
  • yes
  • no
Configures the transport to use SSL if set to true only when the transport=nxapi, otherwise this value is ignored.
Configures the username to use to authenticate the connection to the remote device. This value is used to authenticate either the CLI login or the nxapi authentication depending on which transport is used. If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_USERNAME will be used instead.
  • yes
  • no
If no, SSL certificates will not be validated. This should only be used on personally controlled sites using self-signed certificates. If the transport argument is not nxapi, this value is ignored.
(added in 2.2)
Specify virtual network identifier. Valid values are Integer or keyword 'default'.
Name of VRF to be managed.


- name: Ensure ntc VRF exists on switch
    vrf: ntc
    username: "{{ un }}"
    password: "{{ pwd }}"
    host: "{{ inventory_hostname }}"

Return Values

Common return values are documented here Return Values, the following are the fields unique to this module:

name description returned type sample
end_state k/v pairs of vrf info after module execution always dict {'admin_state': 'Up', 'description': 'Test test', 'vrf': 'ntc'}
changed check to see if a change was made on the device always boolean True
updates commands sent to the device always list ['vrf context ntc', 'shutdown']
proposed k/v pairs of parameters passed into module always dict {'admin_state': 'Up', 'description': 'Test test', 'vrf': 'ntc'}
existing k/v pairs of existing vrf always dict {'admin_state': 'Up', 'description': 'Old test', 'vrf': 'old_ntc'}



  • Cisco NX-OS creates the default VRF by itself. Therefore, you’re not allowed to use default as vrf name in this module.
  • vrf name must be shorter than 32 chars.
  • VRF names are not case sensible in NX-OS. Anyway, the name is stored just like it’s inserted by the user and it’ll not be changed again unless the VRF is removed and re-created. i.e. vrf=NTC will create a VRF named NTC, but running it again with vrf=ntc will not cause a configuration change.


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