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bigip_log_destination – Manages log destinations on a BIG-IP

New in version 2.6.

Synopsis

  • Manages log destinations on a BIG-IP.

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
address
string
added in 2.8
Specifies the IP address that will receive messages from the specified local Log Destination.
This parameter is only available when type is management-port.
When creating a new log destination and type is management-port, this parameter is required.
description
string
The description of the log destination.
distribution
string
added in 2.8
    Choices:
  • adaptive
  • balanced
  • replicated
Specifies the distribution method used by the Remote High Speed Log destination to send messages to pool members.
When adaptive, connections to pool members will be added as required to provide enough logging bandwidth. This can have the undesirable effect of logs accumulating on only one pool member when it provides sufficient logging bandwidth on its own.
When balanced, sends each successive log to a new pool member, balancing the logs among them according to the pool's load balancing method.
When replicated, replicates each log to all pool members, for redundancy.
When creating a new log destination and type is remote-high-speed-log, if this parameter is not specified, the default is adaptive.
forward_to
string
added in 2.8
When type is remote-syslog, specifies the management port log destination, which will be used to forward the logs to a single log server, or a remote high-speed log destination, which will be used to forward the logs to a pool of remote log servers.
When type is splunk or arcsight, specifies the log destination to which logs are forwarded. This log destination may be a management port destination, a remote high-speed log destination, or a remote Syslog destination which is configured to send logs to an ArcSight or Splunk server.
When creating a new log destination and type is remote-syslog, splunk, or arcsight, this parameter is required.
name
string / required
Specifies the name of the log destination.
partition
string
Default:
"Common"
Device partition to manage resources on.
password
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.

aliases: pass, pwd
pool
string
added in 2.8
When type is remote-high-speed-log, specifies the existing pool of remote high-speed log servers where logs will be sent.
When type is ipfix, specifies the existing LTM pool of remote IPFIX collectors. Any BIG-IP application that uses this log destination sends its IP-traffic logs to this pool of collectors.
When creating a new destination and type is remote-high-speed-log or ipfix, this parameter is required.
pool_settings
dictionary
This parameter is only available when type is remote-high-speed-log.
Deprecated. Use the equivalent top-level parameters instead.
distribution
string
    Choices:
  • adaptive
  • balanced
  • replicated
Specifies the distribution method used by the Remote High Speed Log destination to send messages to pool members.
When adaptive, connections to pool members will be added as required to provide enough logging bandwidth. This can have the undesirable effect of logs accumulating on only one pool member when it provides sufficient logging bandwidth on its own.
When balanced, sends each successive log to a new pool member, balancing the logs among them according to the pool's load balancing method.
When replicated, replicates each log to all pool members, for redundancy.
When creating a new log destination (and type is remote-high-speed-log), if this parameter is not specified, the default is adaptive.
pool
string
Specifies the existing pool of remote high-speed log servers where logs will be sent.
When creating a new destination (and type is remote-high-speed-log), this parameter is required.
protocol
string
    Choices:
  • tcp
  • udp
Specifies the protocol for the system to use to send logs to the pool of remote high-speed log servers, where the logs are stored.
When creating a new log destination (and type is remote-high-speed-log), if this parameter is not specified, the default is tcp.
port
integer
added in 2.8
Specifies the port of the IP address that will receive messages from the specified local Log Destination.
This parameter is only available when type is management-port.
When creating a new log destination and type is management-port, this parameter is required.
protocol
string
added in 2.8
    Choices:
  • tcp
  • udp
  • ipfix
  • netflow-9
When type is remote-high-speed-log, specifies the protocol for the system to use to send logs to the pool of remote high-speed log servers, where the logs are stored.
When type is ipfix, can be IPFIX or Netflow v9, depending on the type of collectors you have in the pool that you specify.
When type is management-port, specifies the protocol used to send messages to the specified location.
When type is management-port, only tcp and udp are valid values.
provider
dictionary
added in 2.5
A dict object containing connection details.
password
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.

aliases: pass, pwd
server
string / required
The BIG-IP host.
You may omit this option by setting the environment variable F5_SERVER.
server_port
integer
Default:
443
The BIG-IP server port.
You may omit this option by setting the environment variable F5_SERVER_PORT.
ssh_keyfile
path
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
integer
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.
transport
string
    Choices:
  • cli
  • rest ←
Configures the transport connection to use when connecting to the remote device.
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
    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.
server
string / required
The BIG-IP host.
You may omit this option by setting the environment variable F5_SERVER.
server_port
integer
added in 2.2
Default:
443
The BIG-IP server port.
You may omit this option by setting the environment variable F5_SERVER_PORT.
server_ssl_profile
string
added in 2.8
If the transport_profile is a TCP profile, you can use this field to choose a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) profile for sending logs to the IPFIX collectors.
An SSL server profile defines how to communicate securely over SSL or Transport Layer Security (TLS).
This parameter is only available when type is ipfix.
state
string
    Choices:
  • present ←
  • absent
When present, ensures that the resource exists.
When absent, ensures the resource is removed.
syslog_format
string
added in 2.8
    Choices:
  • bsd-syslog
  • syslog
  • legacy-bigip
  • rfc5424
  • rfc3164
Specifies the method to use to format the logs associated with the remote Syslog log destination.
When creating a new log destination (and type is remote-syslog), if this parameter is not specified, the default is bsd-syslog.
The syslog and rfc5424 choices are two ways of saying the same thing.
The bsd-syslog and rfc3164 choices are two ways of saying the same thing.
syslog_settings
dictionary
This parameter is only available when type is remote-syslog.
Deprecated. Use the equivalent top-level parameters instead.
forward_to
string
Specifies the management port log destination, which will be used to forward the logs to a single log server, or a remote high-speed log destination, which will be used to forward the logs to a pool of remote log servers.
When creating a new log destination (and type is remote-syslog), this parameter is required.
syslog_format
string
    Choices:
  • bsd-syslog
  • syslog
  • legacy-bigip
  • rfc5424
  • rfc3164
Specifies the method to use to format the logs associated with the remote Syslog log destination.
When creating a new log destination (and type is remote-syslog), if this parameter is not specified, the default is bsd-syslog.
The syslog and rfc5424 choices are two ways of saying the same thing.
The bsd-syslog and rfc3164 choices are two ways of saying the same thing.
template_delete_delay
integer
added in 2.8
Enter the time (in seconds) that the BIG-IP device should pause between deleting an obsolete IPFIX template and reusing its template ID.
This feature is useful for systems where you use iRules to create customized IPFIX templates.
template_retransmit_interval
integer
added in 2.8
Enter the time (in seconds) between each transmission of IPFIX templates to the pool of IPFIX collectors.
The logging destination periodically retransmits all of its IPFIX templates at the interval you set in this field. These retransmissions are helpful for UDP, a lossy transport mechanism.
This parameter is only available when type is ipfix.
transport_profile
string
added in 2.8
Is a transport profile based on either TCP or UDP.
This profile defines the TCP or UDP options used to send IP-traffic logs to the pool of collectors.
This parameter is only available when type is ipfix.
type
string / required
    Choices:
  • remote-high-speed-log
  • remote-syslog
  • arcsight
  • splunk
  • management-port
  • ipfix
Specifies the type of log destination.
Once created, this parameter cannot be changed.
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
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

  • 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 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 high-speed logging destination
  bigip_log_destination:
    name: foo
    type: remote-high-speed-log
    pool: my-ltm-pool
    provider:
      password: secret
      server: lb.mydomain.com
      user: admin
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Create a remote-syslog logging destination
  bigip_log_destination:
    name: foo
    type: remote-syslog
    syslog_format: rfc5424
    forward_to: my-destination
    provider:
      password: secret
      server: lb.mydomain.com
      user: admin
  delegate_to: localhost

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
address
string
changed
The new Address value.

Sample:
1.2.3.2
distribution
string
changed
The new Distribution Method value.

Sample:
balanced
forward_to
string
changed
The new Forward To value.

Sample:
/Common/dest1
pool
string
changed
The new Pool value.

Sample:
/Common/pool1
port
integer
changed
The new Port value.

Sample:
2020
protocol
string
changed
The new Protocol value.

Sample:
tcp
server_ssl_profile
string
changed
The new Server SSL Profile value.

Sample:
/Common/serverssl
syslog_format
string
changed
The new Syslog format value.

Sample:
syslog
template_delete_delay
integer
changed
The new Template Delete Delay value.

Sample:
20
template_retransmit_interval
integer
changed
The new Template Retransmit Interval value.

Sample:
200
transport_profile
string
changed
The new Transport Profile value.

Sample:
/Common/tcp


Status

Authors

  • Tim Rupp (@caphrim007)

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