community.vmware.vmware_cfg_backup – Backup / Restore / Reset ESXi host configuration

Note

This plugin is part of the community.vmware collection (version 1.16.0).

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.vmware_cfg_backup.

Synopsis

  • This module can be used to perform various operations related to backup, restore and reset of ESXi host configuration.

Requirements

The below requirements are needed on the host that executes this module.

  • python >= 2.6

  • PyVmomi installed

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
dest
path
The destination where the ESXi configuration bundle will be saved. The dest can be a folder or a file.
If dest is a folder, the backup file will be saved in the folder with the default filename generated from the ESXi server.
If dest is a file, the backup file will be saved with that filename. The file extension will always be .tgz.
esxi_hostname
string
Name of ESXi server. This is required only if authentication against a vCenter is done.
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.
password
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.

aliases: pass, pwd
port
integer
Default:
443
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.
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.
src
path
The file containing the ESXi configuration that will be restored.
state
string / required
    Choices:
  • saved
  • absent
  • loaded
If saved, the .tgz backup bundle will be saved in dest.
If absent, the host configuration will be reset to default values.
If loaded, the backup file in src will be loaded to the ESXi host rewriting the hosts settings.
username
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.

aliases: admin, user
validate_certs
boolean
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes ←
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.

Notes

Note

  • Tested on ESXi 6.0

  • Works only for ESXi hosts

  • For configuration load or reset, the host will be switched automatically to maintenance mode.

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

Examples

- name: Save the ESXi configuration locally by authenticating directly against the ESXi host
  community.vmware.vmware_cfg_backup:
    hostname: '{{ esxi_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ esxi_username }}'
    password: '{{ esxi_password }}'
    state: saved
    dest: /tmp/
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Save the ESXi configuration locally by authenticating against the vCenter and selecting the ESXi host
  community.vmware.vmware_cfg_backup:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    esxi_hostname: '{{ esxi_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ esxi_username }}'
    password: '{{ esxi_password }}'
    state: saved
    dest: /tmp/
  delegate_to: localhost

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
dest_file
string
changed
The full path of where the file holding the ESXi configurations was stored

Sample:
/tmp/configBundle-esxi.host.domain.tgz


Authors

  • Andreas Nafpliotis (@nafpliot-ibm)