python bigsuds - Create or Modify an LTM Pool

Problem this snippet solves:

This python bigsuds script will create or modify an LTM Pool. If the pool exists, it will attempt to add the members you've specified to that pool.

How to use this snippet: < hostname> < username> < poolname> < lbmethod> < memberlist>


  • Memberlist should be common-separated ip:port list (ex.,,
  • This script assumes the common partition. It should be modified to handle partitions as necessary.


Code :

#!/usr/bin/env python
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def create_pool(obj,pool, lbmethod, pl_mems):
pool = '/Common/%s' % pool
pmlist = []
for x in pl_mems.split(','):
pm = {}
y = x.split(':')
pm['address'] = str(y[0])
pm['port'] = int(y[1])

pllist = obj.LocalLB.Pool.get_list()
if pool in pllist:
obj.LocalLB.Pool.add_member_v2([pool], [pmlist])


return obj.LocalLB.Pool.get_member_v2([pool])
except Exception, e:
print e

if __name__ == "__main__":

import bigsuds
import getpass
import sys

# Directory location of file

if len(sys.argv) < 6:
print "\n\n\tUsage %s ip_address username poolname lbmethod memberlist" % sys.argv[0]

a = sys.argv[1:]

print "\nHey %s, please enter your password below.\n" % a[1]
upass = getpass.getpass()

b = bigsuds.BIGIP(
hostname = a[0], 
username = a[1], 
password = upass,
except Exception, e:
print e

poolinfo = create_pool(b, a[2], a[3], a[4])
for x in poolinfo:
print "Pool: %s" % a[2]
for y in x:
print "\t%s:%d" % (y['address'], y['port'])
Published Mar 09, 2015
Version 1.0

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