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vmware_deploy_ovf – Deploys a VMware virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file

New in version 2.7.

Synopsis

  • This module can be used to deploy a VMware VM from an OVF or OVA file

Requirements

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

  • pyvmomi

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
allow_duplicates
boolean
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes ←
Whether or not to allow duplicate VM names. ESXi allows duplicates, vCenter may not.
cluster
-
Cluster to deploy to.
datacenter
-
Default:
"ha-datacenter"
Datacenter to deploy to.
datastore
-
Default:
"datastore1"
Datastore to deploy to.
deployment_option
-
The key of the chosen deployment option.
disk_provisioning
-
    Choices:
  • flat
  • eagerZeroedThick
  • monolithicSparse
  • twoGbMaxExtentSparse
  • twoGbMaxExtentFlat
  • thin ←
  • sparse
  • thick
  • seSparse
  • monolithicFlat
Disk provisioning type.
fail_on_spec_warnings
boolean
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Cause the module to treat OVF Import Spec warnings as errors.
folder
-
Absolute path of folder to place the virtual machine.
If not specified, defaults to the value of datacenter.vmFolder.
Examples:
folder: /ha-datacenter/vm
folder: ha-datacenter/vm
folder: /datacenter1/vm
folder: datacenter1/vm
folder: /datacenter1/vm/folder1
folder: datacenter1/vm/folder1
folder: /folder1/datacenter1/vm
folder: folder1/datacenter1/vm
folder: /folder1/datacenter1/vm/folder2
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.
inject_ovf_env
boolean
added in 2.8
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes
Force the given properties to be inserted into an OVF Environment and injected through VMware Tools.
name
-
Name of the VM to work with.
Virtual machine names in vCenter are not necessarily unique, which may be problematic.
networks
-
Default:
{"VM Network": "VM Network"}
key: value mapping of OVF network name, to the vCenter network name.
ovf
-
Path to OVF or OVA file to deploy.

aliases: ova
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.
power_on
boolean
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes ←
Whether or not to power on the virtual machine after creation.
properties
-
The assignment of values to the properties found in the OVF as key value pairs.
resource_pool
-
Default:
"Resources"
Resource Pool to deploy to.
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.
wait
boolean
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes ←
Wait for the host to power on.
wait_for_ip_address
boolean
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Wait until vCenter detects an IP address for the VM.
This requires vmware-tools (vmtoolsd) to properly work after creation.

Examples

- vmware_deploy_ovf:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    ovf: /path/to/ubuntu-16.04-amd64.ovf
    wait_for_ip_address: true
  delegate_to: localhost

# Deploys a new VM named 'NewVM' in specific datacenter/cluster, with network mapping taken from variable and using ova template from an absolute path
- vmware_deploy_ovf:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    datacenter: Datacenter1
    cluster: Cluster1
    datastore: vsandatastore
    name: NewVM
    networks: "{u'VM Network':u'{{ ProvisioningNetworkLabel }}'}"
    validate_certs: no
    power_on: no
    ovf: /absolute/path/to/template/mytemplate.ova
  delegate_to: localhost

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
instance
dictionary
always
metadata about the new virtual machine

Sample:
None


Status

Authors

  • Matt Martz (@sivel)

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