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bigip_policy – Manage general policy configuration on a BIG-IP

New in version 2.5.

Synopsis

  • Manages general policy configuration on a BIG-IP. This module is best used in conjunction with the bigip_policy_rule module. This module can handle general configuration like setting the draft state of the policy, the description, and things unrelated to the policy rules themselves. It is also the first module that should be used when creating rules as the bigip_policy_rule module requires a policy parameter.

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
description
string
The description to attach to the policy.
This parameter is only supported on versions of BIG-IP >= 12.1.0. On earlier versions it will simply be ignored.
name
string / required
The name of the policy to create.
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
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.
rules
list
Specifies a list of rules that you want associated with this policy. The order of this list is the order they will be evaluated by BIG-IP. If the specified rules do not exist (for example when creating a new policy) then they will be created.
The conditions for a default rule are all.
The actions for a default rule are ignore.
The bigip_policy_rule module can be used to create and edit existing and new rules.
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.
state
string
    Choices:
  • present ←
  • absent
  • draft
When state is present, ensures that the policy exists and is published. When state is absent, ensures that the policy is removed, even if it is currently drafted.
When state is draft, ensures that the policy exists and is drafted. When modifying rules, it is required that policies first be in a draft.
Drafting is only supported on versions of BIG-IP >= 12.1.0. On versions prior to that, specifying a state of draft will raise an error.
strategy
string
    Choices:
  • first
  • all
  • best
Specifies the method to determine which actions get executed in the case where there are multiple rules that match. When creating new policies, the default is first.
This module does not allow you to specify the best strategy to use. It will choose the system default (/Common/best-match) for you instead.
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 policy which is immediately published
  bigip_policy:
    name: Policy-Foo
    state: present
    provider:
      server: lb.mydomain.com
      user: admin
      password: secret
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Add a rule to the new policy - Immediately published
  bigip_policy_rule:
    policy: Policy-Foo
    name: ABC
    conditions:
      - type: http_uri
        path_starts_with:
          - /ABC
          - foo
          - bar
        path_ends_with:
          - baz
    actions:
      - forward: yes
        select: yes
        pool: pool-svrs
    provider:
      server: lb.mydomain.com
      user: admin
      password: secret
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Add multiple rules to the new policy - Added in the order they are specified
  bigip_policy_rule:
    policy: Policy-Foo
    name: "{{ item.name }}"
    conditions: "{{ item.conditions }}"
    actions: "{{ item.actions }}"
    provider:
      server: lb.mydomain.com
      user: admin
      password: secret
  delegate_to: localhost
  loop:
    - name: rule1
      actions:
        - type: forward
          pool: pool-svrs
      conditions:
        - type: http_uri
          path_starts_with: /euro
    - name: HomePage
      actions:
        - type: forward
          pool: pool-svrs
      conditions:
        - type: http_uri
          path_starts_with: /HomePage/

- name: Create policy specify default rules - Immediately published
  bigip_policy:
    name: Policy-Bar
    state: present
    rules:
      - rule1
      - rule2
      - rule3
    provider:
      server: lb.mydomain.com
      user: admin
      password: secret
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Create policy specify default rules - Left in a draft
  bigip_policy:
    name: Policy-Baz
    state: draft
    rules:
      - rule1
      - rule2
      - rule3
    provider:
      server: lb.mydomain.com
      user: admin
      password: secret
  delegate_to: localhost

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
description
string
changed and success
The new description of the policy.
This value is only returned for BIG-IP devices >= 12.1.0.

Sample:
This is my description
rules
list
changed and success
List of the rules, and their order, applied to the policy.

Sample:
['/Common/rule1', '/Common/rule2']
strategy
integer
changed and success
The new strategy set on the policy.

Sample:
first-match


Status

Authors

  • Tim Rupp (@caphrim007)
  • Wojciech Wypior (@wojtek0806)

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