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Salt Extension Modules for VMware

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Salt Extension Modules for VMware

This is a collection of Salt-maintained extension modules for use with VMware vSphere, vCenter, ESXi, and friends.


If you think you've found a security vulnerability, see Salt's security guide.

User Documentation

This README is more for contributing to the project. If you just want to get started, check out the User Documentation. Note: See the Managing VMC SDDC with Salt section for more information about how to configure properties required for VMC operations


The salt-ext-modules-vmware project team welcomes contributions from the community. If you wish to contribute code and you have not signed our contributor license agreement (CLA), our bot will update the issue when you open a Pull Request. For any questions about the CLA process, please refer to our FAQ.

The Salt Contributing guide has a lot of relevant information, but if you'd like to jump right in here's how to get started:

# Clone the repo
git clone --origin salt

# Change to the repo dir
cd salt-ext-modules-vmware

# Create a new venv, after sourcing activate `python` will refer to python3.
python3 -m venv env --prompt vmw-ext
source env/bin/activate

# On mac, you may need to upgrade pip
python -m pip install --upgrade pip

# On WSL or some flavors of linux you may need to install the `enchant`
# library in order to build the docs
sudo apt-get install -y enchant

# Install extension + test/dev/doc dependencies into your environment
python -m pip install -e .\[tests,dev,docs\]

# Run tests!
python -m nox -e tests-3

# skip requirements install for next time

# Build the docs, serve, and view in your web browser:
python -m nox -e docs && (cd docs/_build/html; python -m webbrowser localhost:8000; python -m http.server; cd -)

# If you want to run tests against an actual vCenter:

# 1. Make a local salt dir
mkdir -p local/etc/salt

# 2. Make a local dir for salt state files
mkdir -p local/srv/salt

# 3. Make a local dir for salt pillar files
mkdir -p local/srv/pillar

# 4. Create a minion config
cat << EOF> local/etc/salt/minion
user: $(whoami)
root_dir: $PWD/local/
file_root: $PWD/local
master: localhost
id: saltdev
master_port: 55506
    - $PWD/local/srv/pillar

# 5. Make a Saltfile
cat << EOF> Saltfile
  local: true
  config_dir: local/etc/salt

# 6. Create a pillar file for you configuration
cat << EOF> local/srv/my_vsphere_conf.sls
# vCenter
  # Or use IP address, e.g.
  password: CorrectHorseBatteryStaple
  user: BobbyTables

# 7. Create a pillar top file
cat << EOF>  local/srv/pillar.sls
    - my_vsphere_conf

# 8. (deprecated but not removed yet) If you're contributing to the project and need to run the tests, create a test config file:
python tools/ -c local/vcenter.conf

# 9. (deprecated but not removed yet) Create a test config file for VMC:
python tools/ --help
This command will return the required information.

For code contributions, as part of VMware we require a signed CLA. If you've already signed the VMware CLA, you're probably good to go.

Of course, writing code isn't the only way to contribute! We value contributions in any of these areas:

You could also contribute in other ways:

  • Writing blog posts
  • Posting on social media about how you used Salt+VMware to solve your problems, including videos
  • Giving talks at conferences
  • Publishing videos
  • Asking/answering questions in IRC, Slack, or email groups

Any of these things are super valuable to our community, and we sincerely appreciate every contribution!

For more information, build the docs and head over to http://localhost:8000/ — that's where you'll find the rest of the documentation.

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