cisco.iosxr.iosxr_config module – Manage Cisco IOS XR configuration sections

Note

This module is part of the cisco.iosxr collection (version 3.0.0).

You might already have this collection installed if you are using the ansible package. It is not included in ansible-core. To check whether it is installed, run ansible-galaxy collection list.

To install it, use: ansible-galaxy collection install cisco.iosxr.

To use it in a playbook, specify: cisco.iosxr.iosxr_config.

New in version 1.0.0: of cisco.iosxr

Synopsis

  • Cisco IOS XR configurations use a simple block indent file syntax for segmenting configuration into sections. This module provides an implementation for working with IOS XR configuration sections in a deterministic way.

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

admin

boolean

Enters into administration configuration mode for making config changes to the device.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

after

list / elements=string

The ordered set of commands to append to the end of the command stack if a change needs to be made. Just like with before this allows the playbook designer to append a set of commands to be executed after the command set.

backup

boolean

This argument will cause the module to create a full backup of the current running-config from the remote device before any changes are made. If the backup_options value is not given, the backup file is written to the backup folder in the playbook root directory or role root directory, if playbook is part of an ansible role. If the directory does not exist, it is created.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

backup_options

dictionary

This is a dict object containing configurable options related to backup file path. The value of this option is read only when backup is set to yes, if backup is set to no this option will be silently ignored.

dir_path

path

This option provides the path ending with directory name in which the backup configuration file will be stored. If the directory does not exist it will be first created and the filename is either the value of filename or default filename as described in filename options description. If the path value is not given in that case a backup directory will be created in the current working directory and backup configuration will be copied in filename within backup directory.

filename

string

The filename to be used to store the backup configuration. If the filename is not given it will be generated based on the hostname, current time and date in format defined by <hostname>_config.<current-date>@<current-time>

before

list / elements=string

The ordered set of commands to push on to the command stack if a change needs to be made. This allows the playbook designer the opportunity to perform configuration commands prior to pushing any changes without affecting how the set of commands are matched against the system.

comment

string

Allows a commit description to be specified to be included when the configuration is committed. If the configuration is not changed or committed, this argument is ignored.

Default: “configured by iosxr_config”

config

string

The module, by default, will connect to the remote device and retrieve the current running-config to use as a base for comparing against the contents of source. There are times when it is not desirable to have the task get the current running-config for every task in a playbook. The config argument allows the implementer to pass in the configuration to use as the base config for comparison. The configuration lines for this option should be similar to how it will appear if present in the running-configuration of the device to ensure idempotency and correct diff.

disable_default_comment

boolean

disable default comment when set to True.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

exclusive

boolean

Enters into exclusive configuration mode that locks out all users from committing configuration changes until the exclusive session ends.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

force

boolean

The force argument instructs the module to not consider the current devices running-config. When set to true, this will cause the module to push the contents of src into the device without first checking if already configured.

Note this argument should be considered deprecated. To achieve the equivalent, set the match=none which is idempotent. This argument will be removed in a future release.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

label

string

Allows a commit label to be specified to be included when the configuration is committed. A valid label must begin with an alphabet and not exceed 30 characters, only alphabets, digits, hyphens and underscores are allowed. If the configuration is not changed or committed, this argument is ignored.

lines

aliases: commands

list / elements=string

The ordered set of commands that should be configured in the section. The commands must be the exact same commands as found in the device running-config as found in the device running-config to ensure idempotency and correct diff. Be sure to note the configuration command syntax as some commands are automatically modified by the device config parser.

match

string

Instructs the module on the way to perform the matching of the set of commands against the current device config. If match is set to line, commands are matched line by line. If match is set to strict, command lines are matched with respect to position. If match is set to exact, command lines must be an equal match. Finally, if match is set to none, the module will not attempt to compare the source configuration with the running configuration on the remote device.

Choices:

  • line ← (default)

  • strict

  • exact

  • none

parents

list / elements=string

The ordered set of parents that uniquely identify the section or hierarchy the commands should be checked against. If the parents argument is omitted, the commands are checked against the set of top level or global commands.

provider

dictionary

Deprecated

Starting with Ansible 2.5 we recommend using connection: network_cli.

For more information please see the Network Guide.


A dict object containing connection details.

host

string

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 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

integer

Specifies the port to use when building the connection to the remote device.

ssh_keyfile

path

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.

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

Specifies the type of connection based transport.

Choices:

  • cli ← (default)

  • netconf

username

string

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.

replace

string

Instructs the module on the way to perform the configuration on the device. If the replace argument is set to line then the modified lines are pushed to the device in configuration mode. If the replace argument is set to block then the entire command block is pushed to the device in configuration mode if any line is not correct.

Choices:

  • line ← (default)

  • block

  • config

src

path

Specifies the source path to the file that contains the configuration or configuration template to load. The path to the source file can either be the full path on the Ansible control host or a relative path from the playbook or role root directory. This argument is mutually exclusive with lines, parents. The configuration lines in the source file should be similar to how it will appear if present in the running-configuration of the device to ensure idempotency and correct diff.

Notes

Note

  • This module works with connection network_cli. See the IOS-XR Platform Options.

  • This module does not support netconf connection

  • Abbreviated commands are NOT idempotent, see L(Network FAQ,../network/user_guide/faq.html

  • Avoid service disrupting changes (viz. Management IP) from config replace.

  • Do not use end in the replace config file.

  • To ensure idempotency and correct diff the configuration lines in the relevant module options should be similar to how they appear if present in the running configuration on device including the indentation.

  • 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: configure top level configuration
  cisco.iosxr.iosxr_config:
    lines: hostname {{ inventory_hostname }}

- name: configure interface settings
  cisco.iosxr.iosxr_config:
    lines:
    - description test interface
    - ip address 172.31.1.1 255.255.255.0
    parents: interface GigabitEthernet0/0/0/0

- name: load a config from disk and replace the current config
  cisco.iosxr.iosxr_config:
    src: config.cfg
    replace: config
    backup: yes

- name: for idempotency, use full-form commands
  cisco.iosxr.iosxr_config:
    lines:
      # - shut
    - shutdown
    # parents: int g0/0/0/1
    parents: interface GigabitEthernet0/0/0/1

- name: configurable backup path
  cisco.iosxr.iosxr_config:
    src: config.cfg
    backup: yes
    backup_options:
      filename: backup.cfg
      dir_path: /home/user

Return Values

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

Key

Description

backup_path

string

The full path to the backup file

Returned: when backup is yes

Sample:/playbooks/ansible/backup/iosxr01_config.2016-07-16@22:28:34”

commands

list / elements=string

The set of commands that will be pushed to the remote device

Returned: If there are commands to run against the host

Sample: [“hostname foo”, “router ospf 1”, “router-id 1.1.1.1”]

date

string

The date extracted from the backup file name

Returned: when backup is yes

Sample: “2016-07-16”

filename

string

The name of the backup file

Returned: when backup is yes and filename is not specified in backup options

Sample:iosxr01_config.2016-07-16@22:28:34”

shortname

string

The full path to the backup file excluding the timestamp

Returned: when backup is yes and filename is not specified in backup options

Sample: “/playbooks/ansible/backup/iosxr01_config”

time

string

The time extracted from the backup file name

Returned: when backup is yes

Sample: “22:28:34”

Authors

  • Ricardo Carrillo Cruz (@rcarrillocruz)