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bigip_facts - Collect facts from F5 BIG-IP devices

New in version 1.6.

DEPRECATED

Removed in Ansible:
 version: 2.11
Why:The bigip_facts module relies on SOAP to communicate with the BIG-IP, and has a large amount of code that does not conform to existing F5 standards. The bigip_device_facts module is easier to maintain and use.
Alternative:bigip_device_facts

Synopsis

  • Collect facts from F5 BIG-IP devices via iControl SOAP API

Requirements

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

  • bigsuds
  • f5-sdk >= 3.0.16

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
filter
Shell-style glob matching string used to filter fact keys. Not applicable for software, provision, and system_info fact categories.
include
required
    Choices:
  • address_class
  • certificate
  • client_ssl_profile
  • device
  • device_group
  • interface
  • key
  • node
  • pool
  • provision
  • rule
  • self_ip
  • software
  • system_info
  • traffic_group
  • trunk
  • virtual_address
  • virtual_server
  • vlan
Fact category or list of categories to collect
password
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.

aliases: pass, pwd
provider
(added in 2.5)
Default:
None
A dict object containing connection details.
ssh_keyfile
Specifies the SSH keyfile to use to authenticate the connection to the remote device. This argument is only used for cli transports.
You may omit this option by setting the environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_SSH_KEYFILE.
timeout 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.
server
required
The BIG-IP host.
You may omit this option by setting the environment variable F5_SERVER.
user
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.
server_port Default:
443
The BIG-IP server port.
You may omit this option by setting the environment variable F5_SERVER_PORT.
password
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.

aliases: pass, pwd
validate_certs
bool
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes ←
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.
transport
required
    Choices:
  • rest
  • cli ←
Configures the transport connection to use when connecting to the remote device.
server
required
The BIG-IP host.
You may omit this option by setting the environment variable F5_SERVER.
server_port
(added in 2.2)
Default:
443
The BIG-IP server port.
You may omit this option by setting the environment variable F5_SERVER_PORT.
session
bool
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
BIG-IP session support; may be useful to avoid concurrency issues in certain circumstances.
user
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
bool

(added in 2.0)
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes ←
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.

Notes

Note

  • Requires BIG-IP software version >= 11.4
  • F5 developed module ‘bigsuds’ required (see http://devcentral.f5.com)
  • Best run as a local_action in your playbook
  • Tested with manager and above account privilege level
  • provision facts were added in 2.2
  • This module is deprecated. Use the bigip_device_facts module instead.
  • For more information on using Ansible to manage F5 Networks devices see https://www.ansible.com/integrations/networks/f5.
  • Requires the f5-sdk Python package on the host. This is as easy as pip install f5-sdk.
  • 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 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: Collect BIG-IP facts
  bigip_facts:
    server: lb.mydomain.com
    user: admin
    password: secret
    include:
      - interface
      - vlan
  delegate_to: localhost

Status

This module is flagged as deprecated and will be removed in version 2.11. For more information see DEPRECATED.

Author

  • Matt Hite (@mhite)
  • Tim Rupp (@caphrim007)

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