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asa_config - Manage configuration sections on Cisco ASA devices

New in version 2.2.

Synopsis

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

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
after
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.
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 Network 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.
backup
bool
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
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. The backup file is written to the backup folder in the playbook root directory. If the directory does not exist, it is created.
before
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.
config
The config argument allows the playbook designer to supply the base configuration to be used to validate configuration changes necessary. If this argument is provided, the module will not download the running-config from the remote node.
context
Specifies which context to target if you are running in the ASA in multiple context mode. Defaults to the current context you login to.
defaults
bool
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
This argument specifies whether or not to collect all defaults when getting the remote device running config. When enabled, the module will get the current config by issuing the command show running-config all.
lines
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. Be sure to note the configuration command syntax as some commands are automatically modified by the device config parser.

aliases: commands
match
    Choices:
  • line ←
  • strict
  • exact
  • none
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.
parents
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.
passwords
bool
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
This argument specifies to include passwords in the config when retrieving the running-config from the remote device. This includes passwords related to VPN endpoints. This argument is mutually exclusive with defaults.
provider
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.
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
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 idle timeout in seconds for the connection, in seconds. Useful if the console freezes before continuing. For example when saving configurations.
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.
replace
    Choices:
  • line ←
  • block
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
save
bool
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
The save argument instructs the module to save the running- config to the startup-config at the conclusion of the module running. If check mode is specified, this argument is ignored.
src
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.

Notes

Note

Examples

# Note: examples below use the following provider dict to handle
#       transport and authentication to the node.
---
vars:
  cli:
    host: "{{ inventory_hostname }}"
    username: cisco
    password: cisco
    authorize: yes
    auth_pass: cisco

---
- asa_config:
    lines:
      - network-object host 10.80.30.18
      - network-object host 10.80.30.19
      - network-object host 10.80.30.20
    parents: ['object-group network OG-MONITORED-SERVERS']
    provider: "{{ cli }}"

- asa_config:
    host: "{{ inventory_hostname }}"
    lines:
      - message-length maximum client auto
      - message-length maximum 512
    match: line
    parents: ['policy-map type inspect dns PM-DNS', 'parameters']
    authorize: yes
    auth_pass: cisco
    username: admin
    password: cisco
    context: ansible

- asa_config:
    lines:
      - ikev1 pre-shared-key MyS3cretVPNK3y
    parents: tunnel-group 1.1.1.1 ipsec-attributes
    passwords: yes
    provider: "{{ cli }}"

- name: attach ASA acl on interface vlan13/nameif cloud13
  asa_config:
    lines:
      - access-group cloud-acl_access_in in interface cloud13
    provider: "{{ cli }}"

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
backup_path
string
when backup is yes
The full path to the backup file

Sample:
/playbooks/ansible/backup/[email protected]:28:34
updates
list
always
The set of commands that will be pushed to the remote device

Sample:
['...', '...']


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

  • Peter Sprygada (@privateip), Patrick Ogenstad (@ogenstad)

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