f5networks.f5_modules.bigip_smtp module – Manages SMTP settings on the BIG-IP

Note

This module is part of the f5networks.f5_modules collection (version 1.16.0).

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_smtp.

New in version 1.0.0: of f5networks.f5_modules

Synopsis

  • Allows configuring of the BIG-IP to send mail via an SMTP server by configuring the parameters of an SMTP server.

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

authentication

boolean

Credentials can be set on an SMTP server’s configuration even if that authentication is not used (for example, staging configs or emergency changes). This parameter acts as a switch to make the specified smtp_server_username and smtp_server_password parameters active or not.

When yes, the authentication parameters are active.

When no, the authentication parameters are inactive.

Choices:

  • no

  • yes

encryption

string

Specifies whether the SMTP server requires an encrypted connection in order to send mail.

Choices:

  • none

  • ssl

  • tls

from_address

string

Email address from which the email is being sent. This is the “Reply-to” address the recipient sees.

local_host_name

string

Hostname used in SMTP headers in the format of a fully qualified domain name. This setting does not refer to the hostname of the BIG-IP system.

name

string / required

Specifies the name of the SMTP server configuration.

partition

string

Device partition to manage resources on.

Default: “Common”

provider

dictionary

added in 1.0.0 of f5networks.f5_modules

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:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

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:

  • no

  • yes ← (default)

smtp_server

string

SMTP server host name in the format of a fully qualified domain name.

This value is required when creating a new SMTP configuration.

smtp_server_password

string

Password the SMTP server requires when validating a user.

smtp_server_port

integer

Specifies the SMTP port number.

When creating a new SMTP configuration, the default is 25 when encryption is none or tls. The default is 465 when ssl is selected.

smtp_server_username

string

User name the SMTP server requires when validating a user.

state

string

When present, ensures the SMTP configuration exists.

When absent, ensures the SMTP configuration does not exist.

Choices:

  • present ← (default)

  • absent

update_password

string

Passwords are stored encrypted, so the module cannot know if the supplied smtp_server_password is the same or different than the existing password. This parameter controls the updating of the smtp_server_password credential.

When always, the system always updates the password.

When on_create, the system only sets the password for newly created SMTP server configurations.

Choices:

  • always ← (default)

  • on_create

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 a base SMTP server configuration
  bigip_smtp:
    name: my-smtp
    smtp_server: 1.1.1.1
    smtp_server_username: mail-admin
    smtp_server_password: mail-secret
    local_host_name: smtp.mydomain.com
    from_address: [email protected]
    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

authentication

boolean

Whether the authentication parameters are active or not.

Returned: changed

Sample: true

encryption

string

The new encryption value of the SMTP configuration.

Returned: changed

Sample: “tls”

from_address

string

The new from_address value of the SMTP configuration.

Returned: changed

Sample:no-reply@mydomain.com

local_host_name

string

The new local_host_name value of the SMTP configuration.

Returned: changed

Sample: “smtp.mydomain.com”

smtp_server

string

The new smtp_server value of the SMTP configuration.

Returned: changed

Sample: “mail.mydomain.com”

smtp_server_port

integer

The new smtp_server_port value of the SMTP configuration.

Returned: changed

Sample: 25

Authors

  • Tim Rupp (@caphrim007)