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bigip_smtp - Manages SMTP settings on the BIG-IP

New in version 2.6.

Synopsis

  • Allows configuring of the BIG-IP to send mail via an SMTP server by configuring the parameters of an SMTP server.

Requirements

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

  • f5-sdk >= 3.0.16

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
authentication
bool
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes
Credentials can be set on an SMTP server's configuration even if that authentication is not used (think staging configs or emergency changes). This parameter acts as a switch to make the specified smtp_server_username and smtp_server_password parameters active or not.
When yes, the authentication parameters will be active.
When no, the authentication parameters will be inactive.
encryption
    Choices:
  • none
  • ssl
  • tls
Specifies whether the SMTP server requires an encrypted connection in order to send mail.
from_address
Email address that the email is being sent from. This is the "Reply-to" address that the recipient sees.
local_host_name
Host name used in SMTP headers in the format of a fully qualified domain name. This setting does not refer to the BIG-IP system's hostname.
name
required
Specifies the name of the SMTP server configuration.
partition Default:
Common
Device partition to manage resources on.
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.
smtp_server
SMTP server host name in the format of a fully qualified domain name.
This value is required when create a new SMTP configuration.
smtp_server_password
Password that the SMTP server requires when validating a user.
smtp_server_port
Specifies the SMTP port number.
When creating a new SMTP configuration, the default is 25 when encryption is none or tls. The default is 465 when ssl is selected.
smtp_server_username
User name that the SMTP server requires when validating a user.
state
    Choices:
  • present ←
  • absent
When present, ensures that the SMTP configuration exists.
When absent, ensures that the SMTP configuration does not exist.
update_password
    Choices:
  • always ←
  • on_create
Passwords are stored encrypted, so the module cannot know if the supplied smtp_server_password is the same or different than the existing password. This parameter controls the updating of the smtp_server_password credential.
When always, will always update the password.
When on_create, will only set the password for newly created SMTP server configurations.
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

  • 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: Create a base SMTP server configuration
  bigip_smtp:
    name: my-smtp
    smtp_server: 1.1.1.1
    smtp_server_username: mail-admin
    smtp_server_password: mail-secret
    local_host_name: smtp.mydomain.com
    from_address: [email protected]
    password: secret
    server: lb.mydomain.com
    state: present
    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
authentication
bool
changed
Whether the authentication parameters are active or not.

Sample:
True
encryption
string
changed
The new encryption value of the SMTP configuration.

Sample:
tls
from_address
string
changed
The new from_address value of the SMTP configuration.

Sample:
local_host_name
string
changed
The new local_host_name value of the SMTP configuration.

Sample:
smtp.mydomain.com
smtp_server
string
changed
The new smtp_server value of the SMTP configuration.

Sample:
mail.mydomain.com
smtp_server_port
int
changed
The new smtp_server_port value of the SMTP configuration.

Sample:
25


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 certified which means that it is maintained by an Ansible Partner. See Module Maintenance & Support for more info.

For a list of other modules that are also maintained by an Ansible Partner, see here.

Author

  • Tim Rupp (@caphrim007)

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