community.vmware.vmware_host_datastore module – Manage a datastore on ESXi host

Note

This module is part of the community.vmware collection (version 2.7.0).

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_host_datastore.

Synopsis

  • This module can be used to mount/umount datastore on ESXi host.

  • This module only supports NFS (NFS v3 or NFS v4.1) and VMFS datastores.

  • For VMFS datastore, available device must already be connected on ESXi host.

  • All parameters and VMware object names are case sensitive.

Requirements

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

  • python >= 2.6

  • PyVmomi

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

auto_expand

boolean

added in 1.13.0 of community.vmware

Expand a datastore capacity to full if it has free capacity.

This parameter can’t be extend using another datastore.

A use case example in auto_expand, it can be used to expand a datastore capacity after increasing LUN volume.

Choices:

  • no

  • yes ← (default)

datastore_name

string / required

Name of the datastore to add/remove.

datastore_type

string

Type of the datastore to configure (nfs/nfs41/vmfs).

Choices:

  • nfs

  • nfs41

  • vmfs

esxi_hostname

string

ESXi hostname to manage the datastore.

Required when used with a vcenter

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.

nfs_path

string

Resource path on NFS host.

Required if datastore type is set to nfs/nfs41 and state is set to present, else unused.

nfs_ro

boolean

ReadOnly or ReadWrite mount.

Unused if datastore type is not set to nfs/nfs41 and state is not set to present.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

nfs_server

string

NFS host serving nfs datastore.

Required if datastore type is set to nfs/nfs41 and state is set to present, else unused.

Two or more servers can be defined if datastore type is set to nfs41

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

present: Mount datastore on host if datastore is absent else do nothing.

absent: Umount datastore if datastore is present else do nothing.

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:

  • no

  • yes ← (default)

vmfs_device_name

string

Name of the device to be used as VMFS datastore.

Required for VMFS datastore type and state is set to present, else unused.

vmfs_version

integer

VMFS version to use for datastore creation.

Unused if datastore type is not set to vmfs and state is not set to present.

Notes

Note

  • Tested on vSphere 6.0, 6.5 and ESXi 6.7

  • NFS v4.1 tested on vSphere 6.5

  • Kerberos authentication with NFS v4.1 isn’t implemented

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

Examples

- name: Mount VMFS datastores to ESXi
  community.vmware.vmware_host_datastore:
      hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
      username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
      password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
      datastore_name: '{{ item.name }}'
      datastore_type: '{{ item.type }}'
      vmfs_device_name: 'naa.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX'
      vmfs_version: 6
      esxi_hostname: '{{ inventory_hostname }}'
      state: present
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Mount NFS datastores to ESXi
  community.vmware.vmware_host_datastore:
      hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
      username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
      password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
      datastore_name: '{{ item.name }}'
      datastore_type: '{{ item.type }}'
      nfs_server: '{{ item.server }}'
      nfs_path: '{{ item.path }}'
      nfs_ro: no
      esxi_hostname: '{{ inventory_hostname }}'
      state: present
  delegate_to: localhost
  loop:
      - { 'name': 'NasDS_vol01', 'server': 'nas01', 'path': '/mnt/vol01', 'type': 'nfs'}
      - { 'name': 'NasDS_vol02', 'server': 'nas01', 'path': '/mnt/vol02', 'type': 'nfs'}

- name: Mount NFS v4.1 datastores to ESXi
  community.vmware.vmware_host_datastore:
      hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
      username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
      password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
      datastore_name: '{{ item.name }}'
      datastore_type: '{{ item.type }}'
      nfs_server: '{{ item.server }}'
      nfs_path: '{{ item.path }}'
      nfs_ro: no
      esxi_hostname: '{{ inventory_hostname }}'
      state: present
  delegate_to: localhost
  loop:
      - { 'name': 'NasDS_vol03', 'server': 'nas01,nas02', 'path': '/mnt/vol01', 'type': 'nfs41'}
      - { 'name': 'NasDS_vol04', 'server': 'nas01,nas02', 'path': '/mnt/vol02', 'type': 'nfs41'}

- name: Remove/Umount Datastores from a ESXi
  community.vmware.vmware_host_datastore:
      hostname: '{{ esxi_hostname }}'
      username: '{{ esxi_username }}'
      password: '{{ esxi_password }}'
      datastore_name: NasDS_vol01
      state: absent
  delegate_to: localhost

Authors

  • Ludovic Rivallain (@lrivallain)

  • Christian Kotte (@ckotte)