vmware_host_ntp – Manage NTP server configuration of an ESXi host

New in version 2.5.

Synopsis

  • This module can be used to configure, add or remove NTP servers from an ESXi host.
  • If state is not given, the NTP servers will be configured in the exact sequence.
  • User can specify an ESXi hostname or Cluster name. In case of cluster name, all ESXi hosts are updated.

Requirements

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

  • python >= 2.6
  • PyVmomi

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
cluster_name
string
Name of the cluster from which all host systems will be used.
This parameter is required if esxi_hostname is not specified.
esxi_hostname
string
Name of the host system to work with.
This parameter is required if cluster_name is not specified.
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.
ntp_servers
list / required
IP or FQDN of NTP server(s).
This accepts a list of NTP servers. For multiple servers, please look at the examples.
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.
state
string
    Choices:
  • present
  • absent
present: Add NTP server(s), if specified server(s) are absent else do nothing.
absent: Remove NTP server(s), if specified server(s) are present else do nothing.
Specified NTP server(s) will be configured if state isn't specified.
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.
verbose
boolean
added in 2.8
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Verbose output of the configuration change.
Explains if an NTP server was added, removed, or if the NTP server sequence was changed.

Notes

Note

  • Tested on vSphere 6.5

Examples

- name: Configure NTP servers for an ESXi Host
  vmware_host_ntp:
    hostname: vcenter01.example.local
    username: [email protected]
    password: SuperSecretPassword
    esxi_hostname: esx01.example.local
    ntp_servers:
        - 0.pool.ntp.org
        - 1.pool.ntp.org
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Set NTP servers for all ESXi Host in given Cluster
  vmware_host_ntp:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    cluster_name: '{{ cluster_name }}'
    state: present
    ntp_servers:
        - 0.pool.ntp.org
        - 1.pool.ntp.org
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Set NTP servers for an ESXi Host
  vmware_host_ntp:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    esxi_hostname: '{{ esxi_hostname }}'
    state: present
    ntp_servers:
        - 0.pool.ntp.org
        - 1.pool.ntp.org
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Remove NTP servers for an ESXi Host
  vmware_host_ntp:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    esxi_hostname: '{{ esxi_hostname }}'
    state: absent
    ntp_servers:
        - bad.server.ntp.org
  delegate_to: localhost

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
results
dictionary
always
metadata about host system's NTP configuration

Sample:
{'esx01.example.local': {'ntp_servers_changed': ['time1.example.local', 'time2.example.local', 'time3.example.local', 'time4.example.local'], 'ntp_servers': ['time3.example.local', 'time4.example.local'], 'ntp_servers_previous': ['time1.example.local', 'time2.example.local']}, 'esx02.example.local': {'ntp_servers_changed': ['time3.example.local'], 'ntp_servers_current': ['time1.example.local', 'time2.example.local', 'time3.example.local'], 'state': 'present', 'ntp_servers_previous': ['time1.example.local', 'time2.example.local']}}


Status

Authors

  • Abhijeet Kasurde (@Akasurde)
  • Christian Kotte (@ckotte)

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