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vmware_host_service_manager - Manage services on a given ESXi host

New in version 2.5.

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 Choices/Defaults Comments
cluster_name
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
ESXi hostname.
Service settings are applied to this ESXi host system.
If cluster_name is not given, this parameter is required.
hostname
str
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 supported added in version 2.6.
password
str
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 supported added in version 2.6.

aliases: pass, pwd
port
int

(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 supported added in version 2.6.
service_name
required
Name of Service to be managed. This is brief identifier for the service, for example, ntpd, vxsyslogd etc.
This value should be a valid ESXi service name.
service_policy
    Choices:
  • automatic
  • off
  • on
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.
state
    Choices:
  • absent
  • present
  • restart
  • start ←
  • stop
Desired state of service.
State value 'start' and 'present' has same effect.
State value 'stop' and 'absent' has same effect.
username
str
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 supported added in version 2.6.

aliases: admin, user
validate_certs
bool
    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 supported added in version 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: Start ntpd service setting for all ESXi Host in given Cluster
  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
  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
  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
  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

Status

This module is flagged as preview which means that it is not guaranteed to have a backwards compatible interface.

Maintenance

This module is flagged as community which means that it is maintained by the Ansible Community. See Module Maintenance & Support for more info.

For a list of other modules that are also maintained by the Ansible Community, see here.

Author

  • Abhijeet Kasurde (@Akasurde)

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