Exercise 1.7: Using the bigip_config module

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Demonstrate use of the BIG-IP config module to save the running configuration to disk


Step 1:

Using VSCode create a new file called bigip-config.yml by clicking the new file icon in the left pane.

picture of create file icon

Step 2:

Ansible playbooks are YAML files. YAML is a structured encoding format that is also extremely human readable (unlike it’s subset - the JSON format).

Enter the following play definition into bigip-config.yml:

- name: BIG-IP SETUP
  hosts: lb
  connection: local
  gather_facts: false

Step 3

Next, add the task. This task will use the bigip-config to save the running configuration to disk

          server: "{{private_ip}}"
          user: "{{ansible_user}}"
          password: "{{ansible_password}}"
          server_port: 8443
          validate_certs: false
        save: true

A play is a list of tasks. Tasks and modules have a 1:1 correlation. Ansible modules are reusable, standalone scripts that can be used by the Ansible API, or by the ansible or ansible-playbook programs. They return information to ansible by printing a JSON string to stdout before exiting.

Save File.

Step 4

Run the playbook - Go back to the Terminal on VS Code server and execute the following:

[student1@ansible ~]$ ansible-navigator run bigip-config.yml --mode stdout

Playbook Output

[student1@ansible]$ ansible-navigator run bigip-config.yml --mode stdout

PLAY [BIG-IP SETUP] *******************************************************************************

TASK [SAVE RUNNING CONFIG ON BIG-IP] *******************************************************************************
changed: [f5]

PLAY RECAP ********************************************************************
f5                         : ok=1    changed=1    unreachable=0    failed=0


The finished Ansible Playbook is provided here for an Answer key. Click here: bigip-config.yml.

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