I have a use case where I have set of hosts in my inventory file say inventory.txt as


I need to check if vstack is enabled in each of these hosts, if enabled I need to disable it as a self healing process.

My Playbook :

- hosts: all

  connection: network_cli

  become: true
  become_method: enable
    - name: Verify whether vstack feature is enabled

          - show vstack config | incl Role
        ansible_command_timeout: 30
      register: showvstack

    - debug:
       var: showvstack.stdout
  #   when: showvstack.stdout is regex("'Role.*'")
    #- name: set regex pattern
     # set_fact:
      #  regex_pattern: "^.*Client (SmartInstall enabled).*$"

    - name: Check with when condition
        msg: "Vstack Enabled!!!!"
      when: showvstack.stdout | join('') | match('Client (SmartInstall enabled)') or showvstack.stdout | join('') | match('Client')

    - name: If vstack is enabled on switch disable vstack
         - no vstack
      when: showvstack.stdout | join('') | search('Client')


Play result

TASK [Gathering Facts] **********************************************************************************************************************************************************************
ok: [a.b.c.d]
ok: [x.v.b.n]
ok: [z.z.x.c]

TASK [Verify whether vstack feature is enabled] *********************************************************************************************************************************************
ok: [a.b.c.d]
ok: [x.v.b.n]
ok: [z.z.x.c]

TASK [debug] ********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************
ok: [a.b.c.d] => {
    "showvstack.stdout": [
        "Role: Client (SmartInstall enabled)"
ok: [x.v.b.n] => {
    "showvstack.stdout": [
        "Role: NA"
ok: [z.z.x.c] => {
    "showvstack.stdout": [
        "Role: Client"

TASK [Check with when condition] ************************************************************************************************************************************************************
skipping: [a.b.c.d]
skipping: [x.v.b.n]
skipping: [z.z.x.c]

TASK [If vstack is enabled on switch disable vstack] ****************************************************************************************************************************************
skipping: [a.b.c.d]
changed: [x.v.b.n]
changed: [z.z.x.c]

PLAY RECAP **********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************
a.b.c.d             : ok=4    changed=1    unreachable=0    failed=0
x.v.b.n                 : ok=3    changed=0    unreachable=0    failed=0
z.z.x.c    : ok=4    changed=1    unreachable=0    failed=0

Since some cisco switches gives Role: Client and some cisco switches gives Role: Client Smart Install enabled, the above play will print vstack present even for switch which do not have vstack in it as I am searching for Client and it also takes Role: Client Smartinstall Disabled as Client string is present in it. My question is there a better way to print msg saying Vstack is present even when I have a condition saying Role: Client Smartinstall Disabled

1 Answer 1


Just run the command with the when conditional.

  - name: Run show command
    ios_command: show vstack config | incl Role
    register: showvstack

  - name: disable vstack
    ios_command: # whatever command disables vstack
    when: "'Role: Enabled' in showvstack"

It will be skipped when the condition is not met.

  • Thanks Gerald, I will try and let you know.
    – pinkbask
    Commented Jul 23, 2019 at 13:31
  • I have a problem with the string Role:Client as some switches throw output as Role: client some as Role :client (Smartinstall enabled), in that case how do I write an assert statement and based on its output I need to loop the hosts which do not comply and configure using no vstack command
    – pinkbask
    Commented Jul 24, 2019 at 12:39
  • No idea without seeing actual output of the commands you are running. Commented Jul 24, 2019 at 12:50
  • I have added the code and the output and what I am expecting as output
    – pinkbask
    Commented Jul 26, 2019 at 15:23

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