Ansible Playbook Service

An Ansible Playbook service runs an ansible playbook on a set of target devices and returns a JSON formatted result. The output can be validated with a command / pattern mechanism, like the Data Validation Service.

Ansible Playbook Service

Configuration parameters for creating this service instance:

  • Playbook Path: path and filename to the Ansible Playbook. The location for displaying playbooks is configurable in eNMS settings.
  • Arguments: ansible-playbook command line options, which are documented here.
  • Pass device properties to the playbook: Pass inventory properties using --extra-vars to the playbook if checked (along with the options dictionary provided below). All device properties are passed such as or device.ip_address.
  • Credentials

    • Device Credentials: Currently, only the application managed device credentials are allowed to be passed to an ansible playbook.
  • Options: Additional --extra-vars to be passed to the playbook using the syntax {'key1':value1, 'key2': value2}. All inventory properties are automatically passed to the playbook using --extra-vars (if pass_device_properties is selected above). These options are appended.

  • Ansible itself supports a number of standard return codes; these are returned in the results of the service and include:
    • 0 : OK or no hosts matched.
    • 1 : Error.
    • 2 : One or more hosts failed.
    • 3 : One or more hosts were unreachable.
    • 4 : Parser error.
    • 5 : Bad or incomplete options.
    • 99 : User interrupted execution.
    • 250 : Unexpected error.


This service supports variable substitution in the arguments and options input fields of its configuration form.