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ios_ping - Tests reachability using ping from Cisco IOS network devices

New in version 2.4.

Synopsis

  • Tests reachability using ping from switch to a remote destination.
  • For a general purpose network module, see the net_ping module.
  • For Windows targets, use the win_ping module instead.
  • For targets running Python, use the ping module instead.

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
auth_pass
Deprecated
Starting with Ansible 2.5 we recommend using connection: network_cli and become: yes with become_pass.
For more information please see the IOS Platform Options guide.

Specifies the password to use if required to enter privileged mode on the remote device. If authorize is false, then this argument does nothing. If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_AUTH_PASS will be used instead.
authorize
bool
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Deprecated
Starting with Ansible 2.5 we recommend using connection: network_cli and become: yes.
For more information please see the IOS Platform Options guide.

Instructs the module to enter privileged mode on the remote device before sending any commands. If not specified, the device will attempt to execute all commands in non-privileged mode. If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_AUTHORIZE will be used instead.
count Default:
5
Number of packets to send.
dest
required
The IP Address or hostname (resolvable by switch) of the remote node.
provider
Deprecated
Starting with Ansible 2.5 we recommend using connection: network_cli.
For more information please see the IOS Platform Options guide.

A dict object containing connection details.
username
Configures the username to use to authenticate the connection to the remote device. This value is used to authenticate the SSH session. If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_USERNAME will be used instead.
authorize
bool
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Instructs the module to enter privileged mode on the remote device before sending any commands. If not specified, the device will attempt to execute all commands in non-privileged mode. If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_AUTHORIZE will be used instead.
ssh_keyfile
Specifies the SSH key to use to authenticate the connection to the remote device. This value is the path to the key used to authenticate the SSH session. If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_SSH_KEYFILE will be used instead.
auth_pass
Specifies the password to use if required to enter privileged mode on the remote device. If authorize is false, then this argument does nothing. If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_AUTH_PASS will be used instead.
host
required
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.
timeout Default:
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.
password
Specifies the password to use to authenticate the connection to the remote device. This value is used to authenticate the SSH session. If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_PASSWORD will be used instead.
port Default:
22
Specifies the port to use when building the connection to the remote device.
source
The source IP Address.
state
    Choices:
  • absent
  • present ←
Determines if the expected result is success or fail.
vrf Default:
"default"
The VRF to use for forwarding.

Notes

Note

  • For a general purpose network module, see the net_ping module.
  • For Windows targets, use the win_ping module instead.
  • For targets running Python, use the ping module instead.
  • For more information on using Ansible to manage network devices see the Ansible Network Guide
  • For more information on using Ansible to manage Cisco devices see the Cisco integration page.

Examples

- name: Test reachability to 10.10.10.10 using default vrf
  ios_ping:
    dest: 10.10.10.10

- name: Test reachability to 10.20.20.20 using prod vrf
  ios_ping:
    dest: 10.20.20.20
    vrf: prod

- name: Test unreachability to 10.30.30.30 using default vrf
  ios_ping:
    dest: 10.30.30.30
    state: absent

- name: Test reachability to 10.40.40.40 using prod vrf and setting count and source
  ios_ping:
    dest: 10.40.40.40
    source: loopback0
    vrf: prod
    count: 20

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
commands
list
always
Show the command sent.

Sample:
['ping vrf prod 10.40.40.40 count 20 source loopback0']
packet_loss
str
always
Percentage of packets lost.

Sample:
0%
packets_rx
int
always
Packets successfully received.

Sample:
20
packets_tx
int
always
Packets successfully transmitted.

Sample:
20
rtt
dict
always
Show RTT stats.

Sample:
{'max': 8, 'avg': 2, 'min': 1}


Status

This module is flagged as preview which means that it is not guaranteed to have a backwards compatible interface.

Maintenance

This module is flagged as community which means that it is maintained by the Ansible Community. See Module Maintenance & Support for more info.

For a list of other modules that are also maintained by the Ansible Community, see here.

Author

  • Jacob McGill (@jmcgill298)

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