community.vmware.vcenter_folder module – Manage folders on given datacenter

Note

This module is part of the community.vmware collection (version 3.1.0).

You might already have this collection installed if you are using the ansible package. It is not included in ansible-core. To check whether it is installed, run ansible-galaxy collection list.

To install it, use: ansible-galaxy collection install community.vmware.

To use it in a playbook, specify: community.vmware.vcenter_folder.

Synopsis

  • This module can be used to create, delete, move and rename folder on then given datacenter.

  • This module is only supported for vCenter.

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

datacenter

aliases: datacenter_name

string / required

Name of the datacenter.

folder_name

string / required

Name of folder to be managed.

This is case sensitive parameter.

Folder name should be under 80 characters. This is a VMware restriction.

folder_type

string

This is type of folder.

If set to vm, then ‘VM and Template Folder’ is created under datacenter.

If set to host, then ‘Host and Cluster Folder’ is created under datacenter.

If set to datastore, then ‘Storage Folder’ is created under datacenter.

If set to network, then ‘Network Folder’ is created under datacenter.

This parameter is required, if state is set to present and parent_folder is absent.

This option is ignored, if parent_folder is set.

Choices:

  • "datastore"

  • "host"

  • "network"

  • "vm" ← (default)

hostname

string

The hostname or IP address of the vSphere vCenter or ESXi server.

If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable VMWARE_HOST will be used instead.

Environment variable support added in Ansible 2.6.

parent_folder

string

Name of the parent folder under which new folder needs to be created.

This is case sensitive parameter.

If user wants to create a folder under ‘/DC0/vm/vm_folder’, this value will be ‘vm_folder’.

If user wants to create a folder under ‘/DC0/vm/folder1/folder2’, this value will be ‘folder1/folder2’.

password

aliases: pass, pwd

string

The password of the vSphere vCenter or ESXi server.

If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable VMWARE_PASSWORD will be used instead.

Environment variable support added in Ansible 2.6.

port

integer

The port number of the vSphere vCenter or ESXi server.

If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable VMWARE_PORT will be used instead.

Environment variable support added in Ansible 2.6.

Default: 443

proxy_host

string

Address of a proxy that will receive all HTTPS requests and relay them.

The format is a hostname or a IP.

If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable VMWARE_PROXY_HOST will be used instead.

This feature depends on a version of pyvmomi greater than v6.7.1.2018.12

proxy_port

integer

Port of the HTTP proxy that will receive all HTTPS requests and relay them.

If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable VMWARE_PROXY_PORT will be used instead.

state

string

State of folder.

If set to present without parent folder parameter, then folder with folder_type is created.

If set to present with parent folder parameter, then folder in created under parent folder. folder_type is ignored.

If set to absent, then folder is unregistered and destroyed.

Choices:

  • "present" ← (default)

  • "absent"

username

aliases: admin, user

string

The username of the vSphere vCenter or ESXi server.

If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable VMWARE_USER will be used instead.

Environment variable support added in Ansible 2.6.

validate_certs

boolean

Allows connection when SSL certificates are not valid. Set to false when certificates are not trusted.

If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable VMWARE_VALIDATE_CERTS will be used instead.

Environment variable support added in Ansible 2.6.

If set to true, please make sure Python >= 2.7.9 is installed on the given machine.

Choices:

  • false

  • true ← (default)

Notes

Note

  • All modules requires API write access and hence is not supported on a free ESXi license.

Examples

- name: Create a VM folder on given datacenter
  community.vmware.vcenter_folder:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    datacenter_name: datacenter_name
    folder_name: sample_vm_folder
    folder_type: vm
    state: present
  register: vm_folder_creation_result
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Create a datastore folder on given datacenter
  community.vmware.vcenter_folder:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    datacenter_name: datacenter_name
    folder_name: sample_datastore_folder
    folder_type: datastore
    state: present
  register: datastore_folder_creation_result
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Create a sub folder under VM folder on given datacenter
  community.vmware.vcenter_folder:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    datacenter_name: datacenter_name
    folder_name: sample_sub_folder
    parent_folder: vm_folder
    state: present
  register: sub_folder_creation_result
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Delete a VM folder on given datacenter
  community.vmware.vcenter_folder:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    datacenter_name: datacenter_name
    folder_name: sample_vm_folder
    folder_type: vm
    state: absent
  register: vm_folder_deletion_result
  delegate_to: localhost

Return Values

Common return values are documented here, the following are the fields unique to this module:

Key

Description

result

complex

The detail about the new folder

Returned: On success

msg

string

string stating about result

Returned: success

path

string

the full path of the new folder

Returned: success

Authors

  • Abhijeet Kasurde (@Akasurde)

  • Christian Kotte (@ckotte)

  • Jan Meerkamp (@meerkampdvv)