community.vmware.vmware_vmotion – Move a virtual machine using vMotion, and/or its vmdks using storage vMotion.

Note

This plugin is part of the community.vmware collection.

To install it use: ansible-galaxy collection install community.vmware.

To use it in a playbook, specify: community.vmware.vmware_vmotion.

Synopsis

  • Using VMware vCenter, move a virtual machine using vMotion to a different host, and/or its vmdks to another datastore using storage vMotion.

Requirements

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

  • python >= 2.6

  • pyVmomi

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
destination_datastore
string
Name of the destination datastore the virtual machine's vmdk should be moved on.

aliases: datastore
destination_host
string
Name of the destination host the virtual machine should be running on.
Version 2.6 onwards, this parameter is not a required parameter, unlike the previous versions.

aliases: destination
destination_resourcepool
string
Name of the destination resource pool where the virtual machine should be running.
Resource pool is required if vmotion is done between hosts which are part of different clusters or datacenters.
if not passed, resource_pool object will be retrived from host_obj parent.

aliases: resource_pool
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 vm_name or vm_uuid is not supplied.
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.
use_instance_uuid
boolean
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Whether to use the VMware instance UUID rather than the BIOS UUID.
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 yes, please make sure Python >= 2.7.9 is installed on the given machine.
vm_name
string
Name of the VM to perform a vMotion on.
This is required parameter, if vm_uuid is not set.
Version 2.6 onwards, this parameter is not a required parameter, unlike the previous versions.

aliases: vm
vm_uuid
string
UUID of the virtual machine to perform a vMotion operation on.
This is a required parameter, if vm_name or moid is not set.

aliases: uuid

Notes

Note

  • Tested on vSphere 6.0

Examples

- name: Perform vMotion of virtual machine
  community.vmware.vmware_vmotion:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    validate_certs: no
    vm_name: 'vm_name_as_per_vcenter'
    destination_host: 'destination_host_as_per_vcenter'
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Perform vMotion of virtual machine
  community.vmware.vmware_vmotion:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    validate_certs: no
    moid: vm-42
    destination_host: 'destination_host_as_per_vcenter'
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Perform vMotion of virtual machine to resource_pool
  community.vmware.vmware_vmotion:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    validate_certs: no
    moid: vm-42
    destination_host: 'destination_host_as_per_vcenter'
    destination_resourcepool: 'destination_resourcepool_as_per_vcenter'
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Perform storage vMotion of of virtual machine
  community.vmware.vmware_vmotion:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    validate_certs: no
    vm_name: 'vm_name_as_per_vcenter'
    destination_datastore: 'destination_datastore_as_per_vcenter'
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Perform storage vMotion and host vMotion of virtual machine
  community.vmware.vmware_vmotion:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    validate_certs: no
    vm_name: 'vm_name_as_per_vcenter'
    destination_host: 'destination_host_as_per_vcenter'
    destination_datastore: 'destination_datastore_as_per_vcenter'
  delegate_to: localhost

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
running_host
string
changed or success
List the host the virtual machine is registered to

Sample:
host1.example.com


Authors

  • Bede Carroll (@bedecarroll)

  • Olivier Boukili (@oboukili)