f5networks.f5_modules.bigip_gtm_monitor_external module – Manages external GTM monitors on a BIG-IP

Note

This module is part of the f5networks.f5_modules collection (version 1.20.0).

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 f5networks.f5\_modules.

To use it in a playbook, specify: f5networks.f5_modules.bigip_gtm_monitor_external.

New in f5networks.f5_modules 1.0.0

Synopsis

  • Manages external GTM (now BIG-IP DNS) monitors on a BIG-IP.

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

arguments

string

Specifies any command-line arguments the script requires.

external_program

string

Specifies the name of the file for the monitor to use. In order to reference a file, you must first import it using options on the System > File Management > External Monitor Program File List > Import screen. The BIG-IP system automatically places the file in the proper location on the file system.

interval

integer

The interval specifying how frequently the monitor instance of this template will run. If this parameter is not provided when creating a new monitor, the default value will be 30. This value must be less than the timeout value.

ip

string

IP address part of the IP/port definition. If this parameter is not provided when creating a new monitor, then the default value will be ‘*’.

name

string / required

Specifies the name of the monitor.

parent

string

The parent template of this monitor template. Once this value has been set, it cannot be changed. By default, this value is the http parent on the Common partition.

Default: "/Common/external"

partition

string

Device partition to manage resources on.

Default: "Common"

port

string

Port address part of the IP/port definition. If this parameter is not provided when creating a new monitor, the default value will be ‘*’. Note that if specifying an IP address, you must use a value between 1 and 65535.

provider

dictionary

added in f5networks.f5_modules 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

If yes, TEEM telemetry data is not sent to F5.

You may omit this option by setting the environment variable F5_TELEMETRY_OFF.

Previously used variable F5_TEEM is deprecated as its name was confusing.

Choices:

  • false ← (default)

  • true

password

aliases: pass, pwd

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.

server

string / required

The BIG-IP host.

You may omit this option by setting the environment variable F5_SERVER.

server_port

integer

The BIG-IP server port.

You may omit this option by setting the environment variable F5_SERVER_PORT.

Default: 443

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

Configures the transport connection to use when connecting to the remote device.

Choices:

  • "rest" ← (default)

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

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.

Choices:

  • false

  • true ← (default)

state

string

When present, ensures the monitor exists.

When absent, ensures the monitor is removed.

Choices:

  • "present" ← (default)

  • "absent"

timeout

integer

The number of seconds in which the node or service must respond to the monitor request. If the target responds within the set time period, it is considered up. If the target does not respond within the set time period, it is considered down. You can change this to any number, however, it should be 3 times the interval number of seconds plus 1 second. If this parameter is not provided when creating a new monitor, the default value will be 120.

variables

dictionary

Specifies any variables the script requires.

Double quotes in values will be suppressed.

Notes

Note

  • 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: Create an external monitor
  bigip_gtm_monitor_external:
    name: foo
    state: present
    provider:
      user: admin
      password: secret
      server: lb.mydomain.com
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Create an external monitor with variables
  bigip_gtm_monitor_external:
    name: foo
    timeout: 10
    variables:
      var1: foo
      var2: bar
    state: present
    provider:
      user: admin
      password: secret
      server: lb.mydomain.com
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Add a variable to an existing set
  bigip_gtm_monitor_external:
    name: foo
    timeout: 10
    variables:
      var1: foo
      var2: bar
      cat: dog
    state: present
    provider:
      user: admin
      password: secret
      server: lb.mydomain.com
  delegate_to: localhost

Return Values

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

Key

Description

interval

integer

The new interval in which to run the monitor check.

Returned: changed

Sample: 2

ip

string

The new IP of IP/port definition.

Returned: changed

Sample: "10.12.13.14"

parent

string

New parent template of the monitor.

Returned: changed

Sample: "external"

timeout

integer

The new timeout in which the remote system must respond to the monitor.

Returned: changed

Sample: 10

Authors

  • Tim Rupp (@caphrim007)

  • Wojciech Wypior (@wojtek0806)