vcenter_folder – Manage folders on given datacenter

New in version 2.5.

Synopsis

  • This module can be used to create, delete, move and rename folder on then given datacenter.
  • This module is only supported for vCenter.

Requirements

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

  • python >= 2.6
  • PyVmomi

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
datacenter
string / required
Name of the datacenter.

aliases: datacenter_name
folder_name
string / required
Name of folder to be managed.
This is case sensitive parameter.
Folder name should be under 80 characters. This is a VMware restriction.
folder_type
string
    Choices:
  • datastore
  • host
  • network
  • vm ←
This is type of folder.
If set to vm, then 'VM and Template Folder' is created under datacenter.
If set to host, then 'Host and Cluster Folder' is created under datacenter.
If set to datastore, then 'Storage Folder' is created under datacenter.
If set to network, then 'Network Folder' is created under datacenter.
This parameter is required, if state is set to present and parent_folder is absent.
This option is ignored, if parent_folder is set.
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.
parent_folder
string
Name of the parent folder under which new folder needs to be created.
This is case sensitive parameter.
Please specify unique folder name as there is no way to detect duplicate names.
If user wants to create a folder under '/DC0/vm/vm_folder', this value will be 'vm_folder'.
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
added in 2.5
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
added in 2.9
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
added in 2.9
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
    Choices:
  • present ←
  • absent
State of folder.
If set to present without parent folder parameter, then folder with folder_type is created.
If set to present with parent folder parameter, then folder in created under parent folder. folder_type is ignored.
If set to absent, then folder is unregistered and destroyed.
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.

Notes

Note

  • Tested on vSphere 6.5

Examples

- name: Create a VM folder on given datacenter
  vcenter_folder:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    datacenter_name: datacenter_name
    folder_name: sample_vm_folder
    folder_type: vm
    state: present
  register: vm_folder_creation_result
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Create a datastore folder on given datacenter
  vcenter_folder:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    datacenter_name: datacenter_name
    folder_name: sample_datastore_folder
    folder_type: datastore
    state: present
  register: datastore_folder_creation_result
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Create a sub folder under VM folder on given datacenter
  vcenter_folder:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    datacenter_name: datacenter_name
    folder_name: sample_sub_folder
    parent_folder: vm_folder
    state: present
  register: sub_folder_creation_result
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Delete a VM folder on given datacenter
  vcenter_folder:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    datacenter_name: datacenter_name
    folder_name: sample_vm_folder
    folder_type: vm
    state: absent
  register: vm_folder_deletion_result
  delegate_to: localhost

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
result
complex
On success
The detail about the new folder

  msg
string
string stating about result

  path
string
the full path of the new folder



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