community.vmware.vmware_host_service_manager module – Manage services on a given 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_service_manager.

Synopsis

  • This module can be used to manage (start, stop, restart) services on a given ESXi host.

  • If cluster_name is provided, specified service will be managed on all ESXi host belonging to that cluster.

  • If specific esxi_hostname is provided, then specified service will be managed on given ESXi host only.

Requirements

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

  • python >= 2.6

  • PyVmomi

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

cluster_name

string

Name of the cluster.

Service settings are applied to every ESXi host system/s in given cluster.

If esxi_hostname is not given, this parameter is required.

esxi_hostname

string

ESXi hostname.

Service settings are applied to this ESXi host system.

If cluster_name is not given, this parameter is required.

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.

service_name

string / required

Name of Service to be managed. This is a brief identifier for the service, for example, ntpd, vxsyslogd etc.

This value should be a valid ESXi service name.

service_policy

string

Set of valid service policy strings.

If set on, then service should be started when the host starts up.

If set automatic, then service should run if and only if it has open firewall ports.

If set off, then Service should not be started when the host starts up.

Choices:

  • automatic

  • off

  • on

state

string

Desired state of service.

State value ‘start’ and ‘present’ has same effect.

State value ‘stop’ and ‘absent’ has same effect.

State value unchanged is added in version 1.14.0 to allow defining startup policy without defining or changing service state.

Choices:

  • absent

  • present

  • restart

  • start ← (default)

  • stop

  • unchanged

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)

Notes

Note

  • Tested on vSphere 6.5

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

Examples

- name: Start ntpd service setting for all ESXi Host in given Cluster
  community.vmware.vmware_host_service_manager:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    cluster_name: '{{ cluster_name }}'
    service_name: ntpd
    state: present
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Start ntpd setting for an ESXi Host
  community.vmware.vmware_host_service_manager:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    esxi_hostname: '{{ esxi_hostname }}'
    service_name: ntpd
    state: present
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Start ntpd setting for an ESXi Host with Service policy
  community.vmware.vmware_host_service_manager:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    esxi_hostname: '{{ esxi_hostname }}'
    service_name: ntpd
    service_policy: on
    state: present
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Stop ntpd setting for an ESXi Host
  community.vmware.vmware_host_service_manager:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    esxi_hostname: '{{ esxi_hostname }}'
    service_name: ntpd
    state: absent
  delegate_to: localhost

Authors

  • Abhijeet Kasurde (@Akasurde)