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Delete a VMware Virtual Machine Snapshot - Ansible module vmware_guest_snapshot

How to automate the delete of snapshot named “Ansible Managed Snapshot” in a VMware Virtual Machine “myvm” Ansible Playbook and vmware_guest_snapshot module.

May 18, 2022
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How to Delete a VMware Virtual Machine Snapshot with Ansible?

I’m going to show you a live demo and some simple Ansible code. I’m Luca Berton and welcome to today’s episode of Ansible Pilot.

Ansible Delete a VMware Virtual Machine Snapshot

Let’s talk about the Ansible module vmware_guest_snapshot. The full name is community.vmware.vmware_guest_snapshot, which means that is part of the collection of modules to interact with VMware, community-supported. It manages virtual machine snapshots in vCenter.

Parameters

The following parameters are useful in order to Take a VMware Virtual Machine Snapshot using the module vmware_guest_snapshot. First of all, we need to establish the connection with VMware vSphere or VMware vCenter using a plethora of self-explicative parameters: hostname, username, password, datacenter, and validate_certs. Once the connection is successfully established you could specify the desired snapshot state, in this case, “absent” to delete a snapshot. You could also manage a snapshot with the same Ansible module. If you want to remove a snapshot you could also remove all the dependent snapshots using the parameter remove_children. You need to specify the exact snapshot name that you would like to remove in the snapshot_name parameter.

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How to Delete a VMware Virtual Machine Snapshot with Ansible. I’m going to show you how to Delete a snapshot of the Virtual Machine named “myvm” using Ansible Playbook named “Ansible Managed Snapshot” in your VMware vCenter.

code

---
- name: vm snapshot demo
  hosts: localhost
  become: false
  gather_facts: false
  collections:
    - community.vmware
  pre_tasks:
    - include_vars: vars.yml
  tasks:
    - name: remove snapshot
      vmware_guest_snapshot:
        hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
        username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
        password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
        datacenter: "{{ vcenter_datacenter }}"
        validate_certs: "{{ vcenter_validate_certs }}"
        name: "{{ vm_name }}"
        folder: "{{ vm_folder }}"
        snapshot_name: "Ansible Managed Snapshot"
        state: absent
---
vcenter_hostname: "vmware.example.com"
vcenter_datacenter: "vmwaredatacenter"
vcenter_validate_certs: false
vcenter_username: "[email protected]"
vcenter_password: "MySecretPassword123"
vm_name: "myvm"
vm_template: "mytemplate"
vm_folder: "myvm"
localhost

execution

$ ansible-playbook vm_snapshot_remove.yml
[WARNING]: provided hosts list is empty, only localhost is available. Note that the implicit
localhost does not match 'all'
PLAY [vm snapshot demo] ***************************************************************************
TASK [include_vars] *******************************************************************************
ok: [localhost]
TASK [remove snapshot] ****************************************************************************
changed: [localhost]
PLAY RECAP ****************************************************************************************
localhost                  : ok=2    changed=1    unreachable=0    failed=0    skipped=0    rescued=0    ignored=0

idempotency

$ ansible-playbook vm_snapshot_remove.yml 
[WARNING]: provided hosts list is empty, only localhost is available. Note that the implicit
localhost does not match 'all'
PLAY [vm snapshot demo] ***************************************************************************
TASK [include_vars] *******************************************************************************
ok: [localhost]
TASK [remove snapshot] ****************************************************************************
ok: [localhost]
PLAY RECAP ****************************************************************************************
localhost                  : ok=2    changed=0    unreachable=0    failed=0    skipped=0    rescued=0    ignored=0

before execution

vmware_guest_snapshot before execution

after execution

vmware_guest_snapshot after execution

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