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Summary: This script will auto-register a virtual or physical machine into a pool on startup, or de-register on shutdown. This is for pycontrol v1, it will need to be ported to v2 to work properly.

How to use this snippet:

This script should go into rc.local or equivalent and expects 'start' or 'stop' as an argument. On startup, the system will automatically add itself to a pool you specify, and on shutdown it will pull itself out. This script requires netifaces, available at


Code :

#!/bin/env python

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This script intends to be run with arguments of 'start' or 'stop', with the obvious
intent to be run in an rc.local or whichever *NIX equivalent you're dealing with. 
Run it last in the sequence, after all your services spin up.

import netifaces
import pycontrol.pyControl as pc
import sys

This is a rough cut at a vm instance that will auto-register. Requires netifaces

### Setup your constants here. Change these to reflect your environment. 
LTM  = ''
USER = 'admin'
PASS= 'admin'
IFACE   = 'eth0'

# Script constants for the pool. Change these to reflect your environment.
POOL   = 'foo'
PORT    = 80

# Load the Pool WSDL
WSDLS= 'LocalLB.Pool'

# bail if we don't have an argument
if not len(sys.argv) == 2:
print "Usage: %s [start|stop]" % sys.argv[0]

# Get the appropriate interface address that you want to register.
address = netifaces.ifaddresses(IFACE)[2][0]['addr']

# Register yourself with a pool.

# Build your LocalLB_Pool object
b = pc.BIGIP(
hostname = LTM,
username = USER,
password = PASS,
wsdl_files = [WSDLS]

# Laziness is a virtue, as Larry Wall says.
p = b.LocalLB_Pool

# Let's add ourselves to the pool after we check if we're already there,
# which could happen in the event of a system crash 

if sys.argv[1] == 'start':

mems = p.get_member(pool_names = [ POOL ])['return']

for m in mems[0]:
if address in m.values():
print "Already registered with the LTM. Exiting"

print "Adding %s address %s to the pool" % (IFACE, address)
pool_names = [POOL],
members    = [[ { 'address': address, 'port': PORT } ]]

# If we're shutting down, remove ourselves.
if sys.argv[1] == 'stop':

print "Removing %s %s from the pool" % (IFACE, address)
pool_names = [POOL],
members    = [[ { 'address': address, 'port': PORT } ]]
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‎09-Mar-2015 12:29
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