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Network Automation Cookbook

By : Karim Okasha
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Network Automation Cookbook

By: Karim Okasha

Overview of this book

Network Automation Cookbook is designed to help system administrators, network engineers, and infrastructure automation engineers to centrally manage switches, routers, and other devices in their organization's network. This book will help you gain hands-on experience in automating enterprise networks and take you through core network automation techniques using the latest version of Ansible and Python. With the help of practical recipes, you'll learn how to build a network infrastructure that can be easily managed and updated as it scales through a large number of devices. You'll also cover topics related to security automation and get to grips with essential techniques to maintain network robustness. As you make progress, the book will show you how to automate networks on public cloud providers such as AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Azure. Finally, you will get up and running with Ansible 2.9 and discover troubleshooting techniques and network automation best practices. By the end of this book, you'll be able to use Ansible to automate modern network devices and integrate third-party tools such as NAPALM, NetBox, and Batfish easily to build robust network automation solutions.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)

Automating Application Delivery with F5 LTM and Ansible

In this chapter, we will outline how to automate F5 BIG-IP platforms running as load balancers (LBs) or Local Traffic Manager (LTM) appliances. We will explore how to interact with F5 LTM nodes using Ansible and how to onboard these devices and accelerate application deployment hosted by these devices, using various Ansible modules. We will base our illustration on the following sample network diagram. The diagram shows single F5 LTM nodes connected to direct current (DC) switches:

The main recipes covered in this chapter are as follows:

  • Building an Ansible network inventory
  • Connecting and authenticating to BIG-IP devices
  • Configuring generic system options on BIG-IP devices
  • Configuring interfaces and trunks on BIG-IP devices
  • Configuring virtual local area networks (VLANs) and self-internet protocols (self-IPs) on BIG...