Ansible-playbook for backing up running config of Cisco IOS

This ansible-playbook can be used to backup running configuration from Cisco IOS devices. You can refer to my earlier post Getting Started with your first ansible-playbook for Network Automation to know about the parameters used in this playbook.


Inventory file

# Inventory file for Ansible
[XE]
ios-xe-mgmt.cisco.com:8181
ios-xe-mgmt-latest.cisco.com:8181
[XR]
sbx-iosxr-mgmt.cisco.com:8181
[all:vars]
ansible_network_os=ios


Playbook

---
- name: Define Parameters
  hosts: XE
  gather_facts: no
  connection: network_cli
  tasks:
   - name: backup the config
     ios_config:
      backup: yes
     register: backup_config
   - name: Store the config to directory
     copy:
      src: "{{ backup_config.backup_path }}"
      dest: "/tmp/backups/{{ inventory_hostname }}"



Running the playbook

[prashant@Prashant-VM01 ~]$ ansible-playbook play03.yml -i /home/prashant/inventory -u developer -k
SSH password:
PLAY [Define Parameters] **********************************************************************************************************
TASK [backup the config] **********************************************************************************************************
changed: [ios-xe-mgmt-latest.cisco.com]
changed: [ios-xe-mgmt.cisco.com]
TASK [Store the config to directory] **********************************************************************************************
changed: [ios-xe-mgmt.cisco.com]
changed: [ios-xe-mgmt-latest.cisco.com]
PLAY RECAP ************************************************************************************************************************
ios-xe-mgmt-latest.cisco.com : ok=2    changed=2    unreachable=0    failed=0    skipped=0    rescued=0    ignored=0
ios-xe-mgmt.cisco.com      : ok=2    changed=2    unreachable=0    failed=0    skipped=0    rescued=0    ignored=0


Verifying the backup files 

[prashant@Prashant-VM01 ~]$ cd /tmp/backups
[prashant@Prashant-VM01 backups]$ ls
ios-xe-mgmt.cisco.com  ios-xe-mgmt-latest.cisco.com
[prashant@Prashant-VM01 backups]$

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