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bigip_pool_member – Manages F5 BIG-IP LTM pool members

Synopsis

  • Manages F5 BIG-IP LTM pool members via iControl SOAP API.

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
address
string
added in 2.2
IP address of the pool member. This can be either IPv4 or IPv6. When creating a new pool member, one of either address or fqdn must be provided. This parameter cannot be updated after it is set.

aliases: ip, host
aggregate
list
added in 2.8
List of pool member definitions to be created, modified or removed.

aliases: members
availability_requirements
dictionary
added in 2.8
Specifies, if you activate more than one health monitor, the number of health monitors that must receive successful responses in order for the link to be considered available.
Specifying an empty string will remove the monitors and revert to inheriting from pool (default).
Specifying none value will remove any health monitoring from the member completely.
at_least
integer
Specifies the minimum number of active health monitors that must be successful before the link is considered up.
This parameter is only relevant when a type of at_least is used.
This parameter will be ignored if a type of all is used.
type
string
    Choices:
  • all
  • at_least
Monitor rule type when monitors is specified.
When creating a new pool, if this value is not specified, the default of 'all' will be used.
connection_limit
integer
Pool member connection limit. Setting this to 0 disables the limit.
description
string
Pool member description.
fqdn
string
added in 2.6
FQDN name of the pool member. This can be any name that is a valid RFC 1123 DNS name. Therefore, the only characters that can be used are "A" to "Z", "a" to "z", "0" to "9", the hyphen ("-") and the period (".").
FQDN names must include at lease one period; delineating the host from the domain. ex. host.domain.
FQDN names must end with a letter or a number.
When creating a new pool member, one of either address or fqdn must be provided. This parameter cannot be updated after it is set.

aliases: hostname
fqdn_auto_populate
boolean
added in 2.6
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes
Specifies whether the system automatically creates ephemeral nodes using the IP addresses returned by the resolution of a DNS query for a node defined by an FQDN.
When yes, the system generates an ephemeral node for each IP address returned in response to a DNS query for the FQDN of the node. Additionally, when a DNS response indicates the IP address of an ephemeral node no longer exists, the system deletes the ephemeral node.
When no, the system resolves a DNS query for the FQDN of the node with the single IP address associated with the FQDN.
When creating a new pool member, the default for this parameter is yes.
Once set this parameter cannot be changed afterwards.
This parameter is ignored when reuse_nodes is yes.
ip_encapsulation
string
added in 2.8
Specifies the IP encapsulation using either IPIP (IP encapsulation within IP, RFC 2003) or GRE (Generic Router Encapsulation, RFC 2784) on outbound packets (from BIG-IP system to server-pool member).
When none, disables IP encapsulation.
When inherit, inherits IP encapsulation setting from the member's pool.
When any other value, Options are None, Inherit from Pool, and Member Specific.
monitors
list
added in 2.8
Specifies the health monitors that the system currently uses to monitor this resource.
name
string
added in 2.6
Name of the node to create, or re-use, when creating a new pool member.
This parameter is optional and, if not specified, a node name will be created automatically from either the specified address or fqdn.
The enabled state is an alias of present.
partition
string
Default:
"Common"
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 / required
Pool name. This pool must exist.
port
integer / required
Pool member port.
This value cannot be changed after it has been set.
preserve_node
boolean
added in 2.1
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes
When state is absent attempts to remove the node that the pool member references.
The node will not be removed if it is still referenced by other pool members. If this happens, the module will not raise an error.
Setting this to yes disables this behavior.
priority_group
integer
added in 2.5
Specifies a number representing the priority group for the pool member.
When adding a new member, the default is 0, meaning that the member has no priority.
To specify a priority, you must activate priority group usage when you create a new pool or when adding or removing pool members. When activated, the system load balances traffic according to the priority group number assigned to the pool member.
The higher the number, the higher the priority, so a member with a priority of 3 has higher priority than a member with a priority of 1.
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.
rate_limit
integer
Pool member rate limit (connections-per-second). Setting this to 0 disables the limit.
ratio
integer
Pool member ratio weight. Valid values range from 1 through 100. New pool members -- unless overridden with this value -- default to 1.
replace_all_with
boolean
added in 2.8
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Remove members not defined in the aggregate parameter.
This operation is all or none, meaning that it will stop if there are some pool members that cannot be removed.

aliases: purge
reuse_nodes
boolean
added in 2.6
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes ←
Reuses node definitions if requested.
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 / required
    Choices:
  • present ←
  • absent
  • enabled
  • disabled
  • forced_offline
Pool member state.
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: Add pool member
  bigip_pool_member:
    pool: my-pool
    partition: Common
    host: "{{ ansible_default_ipv4['address'] }}"
    port: 80
    description: web server
    connection_limit: 100
    rate_limit: 50
    ratio: 2
    provider:
      server: lb.mydomain.com
      user: admin
      password: secret
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Modify pool member ratio and description
  bigip_pool_member:
    pool: my-pool
    partition: Common
    host: "{{ ansible_default_ipv4['address'] }}"
    port: 80
    ratio: 1
    description: nginx server
    provider:
      server: lb.mydomain.com
      user: admin
      password: secret
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Remove pool member from pool
  bigip_pool_member:
    state: absent
    pool: my-pool
    partition: Common
    host: "{{ ansible_default_ipv4['address'] }}"
    port: 80
    provider:
      server: lb.mydomain.com
      user: admin
      password: secret
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Force pool member offline
  bigip_pool_member:
    state: forced_offline
    pool: my-pool
    partition: Common
    host: "{{ ansible_default_ipv4['address'] }}"
    port: 80
    provider:
      server: lb.mydomain.com
      user: admin
      password: secret
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Create members with priority groups
  bigip_pool_member:
    pool: my-pool
    partition: Common
    host: "{{ item.address }}"
    name: "{{ item.name }}"
    priority_group: "{{ item.priority_group }}"
    port: 80
    provider:
      server: lb.mydomain.com
      user: admin
      password: secret
  delegate_to: localhost
  loop:
    - address: 1.1.1.1
      name: web1
      priority_group: 4
    - address: 2.2.2.2
      name: web2
      priority_group: 3
    - address: 3.3.3.3
      name: web3
      priority_group: 2
    - address: 4.4.4.4
      name: web4
      priority_group: 1

- name: Add pool members aggregate
  bigip_pool_member:
    pool: my-pool
    aggregate:
      - host: 192.168.1.1
        partition: Common
        port: 80
        description: web server
        connection_limit: 100
        rate_limit: 50
        ratio: 2
      - host: 192.168.1.2
        partition: Common
        port: 80
        description: web server
        connection_limit: 100
        rate_limit: 50
        ratio: 2
      - host: 192.168.1.3
        partition: Common
        port: 80
        description: web server
        connection_limit: 100
        rate_limit: 50
        ratio: 2
    provider:
      server: lb.mydomain.com
      user: admin
      password: secret
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Add pool members aggregate, remove non aggregates
  bigip_pool_member:
    pool: my-pool
    aggregate:
      - host: 192.168.1.1
        partition: Common
        port: 80
        description: web server
        connection_limit: 100
        rate_limit: 50
        ratio: 2
      - host: 192.168.1.2
        partition: Common
        port: 80
        description: web server
        connection_limit: 100
        rate_limit: 50
        ratio: 2
      - host: 192.168.1.3
        partition: Common
        port: 80
        description: web server
        connection_limit: 100
        rate_limit: 50
        ratio: 2
    replace_all_with: yes
    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
address
string
changed
The address of the pool member.

Sample:
1.2.3.4
connection_limit
integer
changed
The new connection limit of the pool member

Sample:
1000
description
string
changed
The new description of pool member.

Sample:
My pool member
fqdn
string
changed
The FQDN of the pool member.

Sample:
foo.bar.com
fqdn_auto_populate
boolean
changed
Whether FQDN auto population was set on the member or not.

Sample:
True
monitors
list
changed
The new list of monitors for the resource.

Sample:
['/Common/monitor1', '/Common/monitor2']
priority_group
integer
changed
The new priority group.

Sample:
3
rate_limit
integer
changed
The new rate limit, in connections per second, of the pool member.

Sample:
100
ratio
integer
changed
The new pool member ratio weight.

Sample:
50
replace_all_with
boolean
changed
Purges all non-aggregate pool members from device

Sample:
True


Status

Authors

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

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