Integrating Infoblox with Itential for Rapid Automation of DDI Management

There are a wide variety of solutions available today to help network teams move beyond using text files and spreadsheets as the preferred tool to manage IP address allocation for network devices. These solutions range from open source tools to commercially available software with features that provide more than IP address management. One popular commercial solution is Infloblox, which provides IP address management, along with DNS, DHCP, and more.

Network teams who are moving forward in their automation journey will eventually realize that they spend a considerable amount of time in Infoblox managing resources, like IP addresses, and accessing that data so they can copy and paste it into other applications or automations. With Itential, network teams can automate this manual process, saving more time, reducing errors, and ensuring the entire end-to-end process is more efficient. By integrating the Itential Automation Platform with the Infoblox REST API, network teams can reference these DDI features directly and transform that data so it can be used to make changes to the network, update trouble tickets, or send notifications to the network team — all inside an automation workflow.

In this demo, learn to:

  • Investigate the Infoblox DDI features using APIs.
  • Automate IP address reservations and queries.
  • Build a Data Transformation task for managing data from Infoblox.
  • Create an Itential automation workflow that utilizes this data to make a network change.

Demo Notes

(So you can skip ahead, if you want.)

00:00 Intro and Demo Overview
03:56 Using Infoblox for DDI Management
07:38 Review of Infoblox API Tasks for IP Reservations
14:15 Overview of Data Transformation Task
18:24 Running an Automation & Viewing Results
21:32 Adding Multiple Sources of Truth & Network Changes
23:39 Overview of Form for User Input
25:58 Using Command Templates for Change Verification
28:41 Running a Second Automation & Viewing Results
34:30 Adding Infoblox DNS to Update & Query to an Automation
37:21 Running a Third Automation & Viewing Results
45:29 Overview of Itential’s Pre-Built Library for Infoblox
46:40 Leveraging Pre-Built Automations for Infoblox DNS Management Tasks