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This is a Puppet question that I've posted on the PuppetLabs forums with no response. I'm also posting here because I'm hoping that with a wider audience I might find someone knowledgeable re Puppet config of f5 devices.

Here is my setup : puppet (v3.2.2) master + agent on single server (Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS) with agent serving as f5_proxy

http://forge.puppetlabs.com/puppetlabs/f5 provides instructions on using the puppetlabs-f5 module to install/config the f5-icontrol gem on a proxy agent f5_proxy responsible for remote configuration of an f5 hardware node. NOTE: in my case f5_proxy is co-located on the puppet server.

I've located the puppetlabs-f5 module at /etc/puppet/modules/f5 and in puppet.conf I set modulepath=/etc/puppet/modules/

In my nodes manifest site.pp I've included the section to install the f5-icontrol gem on my f5_proxy agent :

node.pp

node my_f5_proxy {
  include f5

  f5::config { "f5.test.mydomain.com":
    username => 'admin',
    password => 'admin',
    url      => 'f5.test.mydomain.com',
    target   => '/etc/puppet/device/f5.test.mydomain.com.conf'
  }
}

And I've pointed my device.conf at the f5 :

device.conf

[f5.test.mydomain.com]
type f5
url https://admin:admin@f5.test.mydomain.com/

And I've revised my RUBYLIB system environment variable :

export RUBYLIB=/etc/puppet/modules/f5/lib:$RUBYLIB

But when I attempt puppet device , it throws an exception :

Error: Can't load f5 for http://f5.test.mydomain.com : Exception caught in Management::urn:iControl:Management/Partition::set_active_partition()
Exception: Common::OperationFailed
        primary_error_code   : 16908289 (0x01020001)
        secondary_error_code : 0
        error_string         : Partition '' doesn't exist
/usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/puppet/util/network_device.rb:10:in `init'
/usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/puppet/application/device.rb:190:in `main'
/usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/puppet/application/device.rb:176:in `each_value'
/usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/puppet/application/device.rb:176:in `main'
/usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/puppet/application.rb:372:in `run_command'
/usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/puppet/application.rb:364:in `run'
/usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/puppet/application.rb:456:in `plugin_hook'
/usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/puppet/application.rb:364:in `run'
/usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/puppet/util.rb:504:in `exit_on_fail'
/usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/puppet/application.rb:364:in `run'
/usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/puppet/util/command_line.rb:132:in `run'
/usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/puppet/util/command_line.rb:86:in `execute'
/usr/bin/puppet:4

This is a strange error because my f5 is configured with only the default Common partition, and the f5 docs state that unless a named partition is explicitly stated Common is assumed by default.

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