community.vmware.vmware_guest_snapshot_info module – Gather info about virtual machine’s snapshots in vCenter

Note

This module is part of the community.vmware collection (version 2.9.1).

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_guest_snapshot_info.

Synopsis

  • This module can be used to gather information about virtual machine’s snapshots.

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

datacenter

string / required

Name of the datacenter.

folder

string

Destination folder, absolute or relative path to find an existing guest.

This is required parameter, if name is supplied.

The folder should include the datacenter. ESX’s datacenter is ha-datacenter

Examples:

folder: /ha-datacenter/vm

folder: ha-datacenter/vm

folder: /datacenter1/vm

folder: datacenter1/vm

folder: /datacenter1/vm/folder1

folder: datacenter1/vm/folder1

folder: /folder1/datacenter1/vm

folder: folder1/datacenter1/vm

folder: /folder1/datacenter1/vm/folder2

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.

moid

string

Managed Object ID of the instance to manage if known, this is a unique identifier only within a single vCenter instance.

This is required if name or uuid is not supplied.

name

string

Name of the VM to work with.

This is required if uuid or moid is not supplied.

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.

use_instance_uuid

boolean

Whether to use the VMware instance UUID rather than the BIOS UUID.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

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.

uuid

string

UUID of the instance to manage if known, this is VMware’s BIOS UUID by default.

This is required if name or moid parameter is not supplied.

The folder is ignored, if uuid is provided.

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:

  • no

  • yes ← (default)

Notes

Note

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

Examples

- name: Gather snapshot information about the virtual machine in the given vCenter
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_snapshot_info:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter_name }}"
    folder: "/{{ datacenter_name }}/vm/"
    name: "{{ guest_name }}"
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: snapshot_info

- name: Gather snapshot information about the virtual machine using MoID
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_snapshot_info:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter_name }}"
    moid: vm-42
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: snapshot_info

Return Values

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

Key

Description

guest_snapshots

dictionary

metadata about the snapshot information

Returned: always

Sample: {“current_snapshot”: {“creation_time”: “2018-02-10T14:48:31.999459+00:00”, “description”: “”, “id”: 28, “name”: “snap_0003”, “quiesced”: false, “state”: “poweredOff”}, “snapshots”: [{“creation_time”: “2018-02-10T14:48:31.999459+00:00”, “description”: “”, “id”: 28, “name”: “snap_0003”, “quiesced”: false, “state”: “poweredOff”}]}

Authors

  • Abhijeet Kasurde (@Akasurde)