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Ansible Controller Issues/Examples?

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  • 1.  Ansible Controller Issues/Examples?

    Posted Jul 24, 2019 07:43 PM

    Does anyone have any working Ansible playbooks for 8.x controllers and MM? I'm having nothing but issues getting some basic CLI commands to work. The first couple playbooks I want to setup are for automating config backups and collecting tech support logs. Both of these require straight SSH CLI commands that aren't in any of the Aruba Ansible modules, so I've been trying the built-in Ansible 'aruba_command' module, but not having any luck getting a working setup. I've also tried the 'raw' module to just issue straight SSH commands, but that one doesn't support 'wait_for', or any other way I can find to collect logs, copy to ftp, and enter the FTP password with the correct timing. 


    TL;DR: does anyone have working examples of Ansible playbooks for something like a simple config backup to FTP? 



  • 2.  RE: Ansible Controller Issues/Examples?

    Posted Jul 25, 2019 04:37 AM

    I'm not into Ansible, so apologies if I respond with stupid suggestions.


    Did you find these ArubaOS 8 Ansible playbooks already?


    CLI/SSH scripting should probably be avoided as there is extensive API access to ArubaOS 8 MM/MD.

  • 3.  RE: Ansible Controller Issues/Examples?

    Posted Jul 25, 2019 01:46 PM

    Ansible would use the API with the custom modules/playbooks you've referenced. The issue is that all of those modules/playbooks that Aruba has created are all 'config' modules, not 'command' modules. There is no module or playbook that will run 'tar logs tech-support,' for example. There is also no API that I can find for this. The closest thing I can find is the API to 'run show commands', maybe I can just stick other CLI commands in there and just see if it will take them? But still there are some commands such as the 'copy ftp: ....' commands where you have to enter the base command, then it prompts to enter a password on a second line, not sure how that could be done via the API. And i'm not seeing an API for 'copy', 'tar', etc. 

  • 4.  RE: Ansible Controller Issues/Examples?

    Posted Jul 25, 2019 02:22 PM

    Update, the 'showcommand' API does appear to run just about any CLI command, so that is a start. I still have an issue with file copies though, because that process is interactive asking for a password. 


    Is there a way to generate SSH keys on the controllers and use those for SCP copies rather than username/password? 

  • 5.  RE: Ansible Controller Issues/Examples?

    Posted Jul 26, 2019 04:52 AM

    I'm not aware of that. You might (yuk) fallback to TFTP.


    Not Ansible, not sure if it collects log-tars, but might be a solution as well: AirRecorder.

  • 6.  RE: Ansible Controller Issues/Examples?
    Best Answer

    Posted Jul 29, 2019 10:50 AM


    There is a pull request for this I had the same issue made these changes and my playbooks work using SSH

  • 7.  RE: Ansible Controller Issues/Examples?
    Best Answer

    Posted Jul 31, 2019 02:25 PM

    After the fix in the Mike's response for aruba_command ansible module, I have created a sample playbook to collect techsupport logs and copy it to a remote server from the aruba controller via SSH and CLI commands. 


    Sample Ansible Playbook:

    - name: Sample Playbook for mobility master SSH command
      hosts: controller
      connection: local
      gather_facts: no
        - mm_variables.yml
         - name: Collect tech-support logs
             commands: "tar logs tech-support"
             interval: 300
             provider: "{{ provider }}"
         - name: Copy tech support logs to log server
               -  "copy flash: logs.tar scp: {{ log_server_ip }} {{ log_server_username }} {{ log_filename}}"
               -  "{{ log_server_pswd }}"
             interval: 300
             provider: "{{ provider }}"
             retries: 1
             match: any
               -  result[0] contains Password
               -  result[1] contains File

    You could place the variables in the "mm_variables.yml" file as mentioned in the playbook.

  • 8.  RE: Ansible Controller Issues/Examples?

    Posted Oct 02, 2019 06:49 PM

    Thanks all, those last two posts help. I'm checking with Red Had on the status of that module fix. I also developed just about the same playbook and was able to get it working, except the wait_for statements don't work, likely because of the code issue.