SLX-OS Platform Options

Extreme SLX-OS Ansible modules only support CLI connections today. httpapi modules may be added in future. This page offers details on how to use network_cli on SLX-OS in Ansible.

Connections Available

CLI
Protocol SSH
Credentials

uses SSH keys / SSH-agent if present
accepts -u myuser -k if using password
Indirect Access via a bastion (jump host)
Connection Settings




ansible_connection: network_cli




Enable Mode
(Privilege Escalation)
not supported by SLX-OS

Returned Data Format stdout[0].

SLX-OS does not support ansible_connection: local. You must use ansible_connection: network_cli.

Using CLI in Ansible

Example CLI group_vars/slxos.yml

ansible_connection: network_cli
ansible_network_os: slxos
ansible_user: myuser
ansible_password: !vault...
ansible_ssh_common_args: '-o ProxyCommand="ssh -W %h:%p -q bastion01"'
  • If you are using SSH keys (including an ssh-agent) you can remove the ansible_password configuration.
  • If you are accessing your host directly (not through a bastion/jump host) you can remove the ansible_ssh_common_args configuration.
  • If you are accessing your host through a bastion/jump host, you cannot include your SSH password in the ProxyCommand directive. To prevent secrets from leaking out (for example in ps output), SSH does not support providing passwords via environment variables.

Example CLI Task

- name: Backup current switch config (slxos)
  slxos_config:
    backup: yes
  register: backup_slxos_location
  when: ansible_network_os == 'slxos'

Warning

Never store passwords in plain text. We recommend using SSH keys to authenticate SSH connections. Ansible supports ssh-agent to manage your SSH keys. If you must use passwords to authenticate SSH connections, we recommend encrypting them with Ansible Vault.