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nxos_ping - Tests reachability using ping from Nexus switch.

New in version 2.1.

Synopsis

  • Tests reachability using ping from switch to a remote destination.
  • For a general purpose network module, see the net_ping module.
  • For Windows targets, use the win_ping module instead.
  • For targets running Python, use the ping module instead.

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
count Default:
5
Number of packets to send.
dest
required
IP address or hostname (resolvable by switch) of remote node.
provider
Deprecated
Starting with Ansible 2.5 we recommend using connection: network_cli.
This option is only required if you are using NX-API.
For more information please see the NXOS Platform Options guide.

A dict object containing connection details.
username
Configures the username to use to authenticate the connection to the remote device. This value is used to authenticate either the CLI login or the nxapi authentication depending on which transport is used. If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_USERNAME will be used instead.
authorize
bool

(added in 2.5.3)
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Instructs the module to enter privileged mode on the remote device before sending any commands. If not specified, the device will attempt to execute all commands in non-privileged mode. If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_AUTHORIZE will be used instead.
ssh_keyfile
Specifies the SSH key to use to authenticate the connection to the remote device. This argument is only used for the cli transport. If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_SSH_KEYFILE will be used instead.
use_proxy
bool

(added in 2.5)
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes ←
If no, the environment variables http_proxy and https_proxy will be ignored.
auth_pass
(added in 2.5.3)
Default:
none
Specifies the password to use if required to enter privileged mode on the remote device. If authorize is false, then this argument does nothing. If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_AUTH_PASS will be used instead.
host
required
Specifies the DNS host name or address for connecting to the remote device over the specified transport. The value of host is used as the destination address for the transport.
timeout
(added in 2.3)
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. NX-API can be slow to return on long-running commands (sh mac, sh bgp, etc).
use_ssl
bool
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Configures the transport to use SSL if set to true only when the transport=nxapi, otherwise this value is ignored.
password
Specifies the password to use to authenticate the connection to the remote device. This is a common argument used for either cli or nxapi transports. If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_PASSWORD will be used instead.
validate_certs
bool
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes
If no, SSL certificates will not be validated. This should only be used on personally controlled sites using self-signed certificates. If the transport argument is not nxapi, this value is ignored.
port Default:
0 (use common port)
Specifies the port to use when building the connection to the remote device. This value applies to either cli or nxapi. The port value will default to the appropriate transport common port if none is provided in the task. (cli=22, http=80, https=443).
transport
required
Default:
cli
Configures the transport connection to use when connecting to the remote device. The transport argument supports connectivity to the device over cli (ssh) or nxapi.
source
Source IP Address or hostname (resolvable by switch)
state
    Choices:
  • absent
  • present ←
Determines if the expected result is success or fail.
vrf
Outgoing VRF.

Notes

Note

Examples

- name: Test reachability to 8.8.8.8 using mgmt vrf
  nxos_ping:
    dest: 8.8.8.8
    vrf: management
    host: 68.170.147.165

- name: Test reachability to a few different public IPs using mgmt vrf
  nxos_ping:
    dest: nxos_ping
    vrf: management
    host: 68.170.147.165
  with_items:
    - 8.8.8.8
    - 4.4.4.4
    - 198.6.1.4

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
commands
list
always
Show the command sent

Sample:
['ping 8.8.8.8 count 2 vrf management']
packet_loss
string
always
Percentage of packets lost

Sample:
0.00%
packets_rx
int
always
Packets successfully received

Sample:
2
packets_tx
int
always
Packets successfully transmitted

Sample:
2
rtt
dict
always
Show RTT stats

Sample:
{'max': 6.564, 'avg': 6.264, 'min': 5.978}


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 network which means that it is maintained by the Ansible Network Team. See Module Maintenance & Support for more info.

For a list of other modules that are also maintained by the Ansible Network Team, see here.

Support

For more information about Red Hat’s support of this module, please refer to this Knowledge Base article

Author

  • Jason Edelman (@jedelman8)
  • Gabriele Gerbino (@GGabriele)

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