community.vmware.vmware_host_scanhba module – Rescan host HBA’s and optionally refresh the storage system

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.vmware_host_scanhba.

Synopsis

  • This module can force a rescan of the hosts HBA subsystem which is needed when wanting to mount a new datastore.

  • You could use this before using community.vmware.vmware_host_datastore to mount a new datastore to ensure your device/volume is ready.

  • You can also optionally force a Refresh of the Storage System in vCenter/ESXi Web Client.

  • All parameters and VMware object names are case sensitive.

  • You can supply an esxi_hostname or a cluster_name

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

cluster_name

string

Cluster name to Rescan the storage subsystem on (this will run the rescan task on each host in the cluster).

esxi_hostname

string

ESXi hostname to Rescan the storage subsystem on.

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

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.

refresh_storage

boolean

Refresh the storage system in vCenter/ESXi Web Client for each host found

Choices:

  • false ← (default)

  • true

rescan_hba

boolean

Rescan all host bus adapters for new storage devices. Rescanning all adapters can be slow.

Choices:

  • false

  • true ← (default)

rescan_vmfs

boolean

Rescan all known storage devices for new VMFS volumes.

Choices:

  • false ← (default)

  • true

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: Recan HBA's for a given ESXi host and refresh storage system objects
  community.vmware.vmware_host_scanhba:
      hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
      username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
      password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
      esxi_hostname: '{{ inventory_hostname }}'
      refresh_storage: true
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Rescan HBA's for a given cluster - all found hosts will be scanned
  community.vmware.vmware_host_scanhba:
      hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
      username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
      password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
      esxi_hostname: '{{ inventory_hostname }}'
      refresh_storage: true
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Rescan for new VMFS Volumes in a given cluster, but do not scan for new Devices - all found hosts will be scanned
  community.vmware.vmware_host_scanhba:
      hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
      username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
      password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
      esxi_hostname: '{{ inventory_hostname }}'
      rescan_vmfs: true
      rescan_hba: false
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Recan HBA's for a given ESXi host and don't refresh storage system objects
  community.vmware.vmware_host_scanhba:
      hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
      username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
      password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
      esxi_hostname: '{{ inventory_hostname }}'
  delegate_to: localhost

Return Values

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

Key

Description

result

dictionary

return confirmation of requested host and updated / refreshed storage system

Returned: always

Sample: {"esxi01.example.com": {"refreshed_storage": "true", "rescaned_hba": "true", "rescaned_vmfs": "true"}}

Authors

  • Michael Eaton (@michaeldeaton)