nxos_file_copy – Copy a file to a remote NXOS device

Synopsis

  • This module supports two different workflows for copying a file to flash (or bootflash) on NXOS devices. Files can either be (1) pushed from the Ansible controller to the device or (2) pulled from a remote SCP file server to the device. File copies are initiated from the NXOS device to the remote SCP server. This module only supports the use of connection network_cli or Cli transport with connection local.

Requirements

The below requirements are needed on the host that executes this module.

  • paramiko (required when file_pull is False)
  • SCPClient (required when file_pull is False)
  • pexpect (required when file_pull is True)

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
connect_ssh_port
-
added in 2.5
Default:
22
SSH server port used for file transfer.
file_pull
boolean
added in 2.7
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
When (False) file is copied from the Ansible controller to the NXOS device.
When (True) file is copied from a remote SCP server to the NXOS device. In this mode, the file copy is initiated from the NXOS device.
If the file is already present on the device it will be overwritten and therefore the operation is NOT idempotent.
file_pull_compact
boolean
added in 2.9
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
When file_pull is True, this is used to compact nxos image files. This option can only be used with nxos image files.
When (file_pull is False), this is not used.
file_pull_kstack
boolean
added in 2.9
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
When file_pull is True, this can be used to speed up file copies when the nxos running image supports the use-kstack option.
When (file_pull is False), this is not used.
file_pull_timeout
-
added in 2.7
Default:
300
Use this parameter to set timeout in seconds, when transferring large files or when the network is slow.
When (file_pull is False), this is not used.
file_system
-
Default:
"bootflash:"
The remote file system on the nxos device. If omitted, devices that support a file_system parameter will use their default values.
local_file
-
When (file_pull is False) this is the path to the local file on the Ansible controller. The local directory must exist.
When (file_pull is True) this is the target file name on the NXOS device.
local_file_directory
-
added in 2.7
When (file_pull is True) file is copied from a remote SCP server to the NXOS device, and written to this directory on the NXOS device. If the directory does not exist, it will be created under the file_system. This is an optional parameter.
When (file_pull is False), this is not used.
provider
dictionary
Deprecated
Starting with Ansible 2.5 we recommend using connection: network_cli.
This option is only required if you are using NX-API.
For more information please see the NXOS Platform Options guide.

A dict object containing connection details.
auth_pass
string
added in 2.5.3
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
boolean
added in 2.5.3
    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.
host
string / 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.
password
string
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.
port
integer
Default:
"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).
ssh_keyfile
string
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.
timeout
integer
added in 2.3
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. NX-API can be slow to return on long-running commands (sh mac, sh bgp, etc).
transport
string / required
    Choices:
  • cli ←
  • nxapi
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.
use_proxy
boolean
added in 2.5
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes ←
If no, the environment variables http_proxy and https_proxy will be ignored.
use_ssl
boolean
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Configures the transport to use SSL if set to yes only when the transport=nxapi, otherwise this value is ignored.
username
string
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.
validate_certs
boolean
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes ←
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.
remote_file
-
When (file_pull is False) this is the remote file path on the NXOS device. If omitted, the name of the local file will be used. The remote directory must exist.
When (file_pull is True) this is the full path to the file on the remote SCP server to be copied to the NXOS device.
remote_scp_server
-
added in 2.7
The remote scp server address when file_pull is True. This is required if file_pull is True.
When (file_pull is False), this is not used.
remote_scp_server_password
-
added in 2.7
The remote scp server password when file_pull is True. This is required if file_pull is True.
When (file_pull is False), this is not used.
remote_scp_server_user
-
added in 2.7
The remote scp server username when file_pull is True. This is required if file_pull is True.
When (file_pull is False), this is not used.
vrf
-
added in 2.9
Default:
"management"
The VRF used to pull the file. Useful when no vrf management is defined

Notes

Note

  • Tested against NXOS 7.0(3)I2(5), 7.0(3)I4(6), 7.0(3)I5(3), 7.0(3)I6(1), 7.0(3)I7(3), 6.0(2)A8(8), 7.0(3)F3(4), 7.3(0)D1(1), 8.3(0), 9.2, 9.3
  • When pushing files (file_pull is False) to the NXOS device, feature scp-server must be enabled.
  • When pulling files (file_pull is True) to the NXOS device, feature scp-server is not required.
  • When pulling files (file_pull is True) to the NXOS device, no transfer will take place if the file is already present.
  • Check mode will tell you if the file would be copied.
  • For information on using CLI and NX-API see the NXOS Platform Options guide
  • 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

# File copy from ansible controller to nxos device
  - name: "copy from server to device"
    nxos_file_copy:
      local_file: "./test_file.txt"
      remote_file: "test_file.txt"

# Initiate file copy from the nxos device to transfer file from an SCP server back to the nxos device
  - name: "initiate file copy from device"
    nxos_file_copy:
      nxos_file_copy:
      file_pull: True
      local_file: "xyz"
      local_file_directory: "dir1/dir2/dir3"
      remote_file: "/mydir/abc"
      remote_scp_server: "192.168.0.1"
      remote_scp_server_user: "myUser"
      remote_scp_server_password: "myPassword"
      vrf: "management"

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
changed
boolean
success
Indicates whether or not the file was copied.

Sample:
True
local_file
string
success
The path of the local file.

Sample:
/path/to/local/file
remote_file
string
success
The path of the remote file.

Sample:
/path/to/remote/file
remote_scp_server
string
success
The name of the scp server when file_pull is True.

Sample:
fileserver.example.com
transfer_status
string
success
Whether a file was transferred to the nxos device.

Sample:
Sent


Status

Red Hat Support

More information about Red Hat’s support of this module is available from this Red Hat Knowledge Base article.

Authors

  • Jason Edelman (@jedelman8)
  • Gabriele Gerbino (@GGabriele)
  • Rewritten as a plugin by (@mikewiebe)

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