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Automation Win: Configure Cisco ACI with an Ansible Playbook

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Following on his previous work with Cisco ACI Dirk Feldhaus decided to create an Ansible playbook that would create and configure a new tenant and provision a vSRX firewall for the tenant when working on the Create Network Services hands-on exercise in the Building Network Automation Solutions online course.

The most interesting part of his solution: the existing Ansible ACI modules didn’t provide all the functionality he needed to configure his tenants, so he had to create the data structure expected by a Cisco ACI REST API calls (create L3 external connection, create static port) with a Jinja2 template and use aci_rest module to execute them.

If you plan to make your Cisco ACI environment more consistent by automating common operations that would take dozens of (unreliable operator-driven) GUI clicks explore his solution and adapt it to your needs… and if you need more information, watch his presentation from autumn 2018 Building Network Automation Solutions online course.

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