community.general.xenserver_guest_info module – Gathers information for virtual machines running on Citrix Hypervisor/XenServer host or pool

Note

This module is part of the community.general collection (version 5.4.0).

You might already have this collection installed if you are using the ansible package. It is not included in ansible-core. To check whether it is installed, run ansible-galaxy collection list.

To install it, use: ansible-galaxy collection install community.general.

To use it in a playbook, specify: community.general.xenserver_guest_info.

Synopsis

  • This module can be used to gather essential VM facts.

Requirements

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

  • python >= 2.6

  • XenAPI

Parameters

Parameter

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hostname

aliases: host, pool

string

The hostname or IP address of the XenServer host or XenServer pool master.

If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable XENSERVER_HOST will be used instead.

Default: “localhost”

name

aliases: name_label

string

Name of the VM to gather facts from.

VMs running on XenServer do not necessarily have unique names. The module will fail if multiple VMs with same name are found.

In case of multiple VMs with same name, use uuid to uniquely specify VM to manage.

This parameter is case sensitive.

password

aliases: pass, pwd

string

The password to use for connecting to XenServer.

If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable XENSERVER_PASSWORD will be used instead.

username

aliases: admin, user

string

The username to use for connecting to XenServer.

If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable XENSERVER_USER will be used instead.

Default: “root”

uuid

string

UUID of the VM to gather fact of. This is XenServer’s unique identifier.

It is required if name is not unique.

validate_certs

boolean

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 XENSERVER_VALIDATE_CERTS will be used instead.

Choices:

  • no

  • yes ← (default)

Notes

Note

  • Minimal supported version of XenServer is 5.6.

  • Module was tested with XenServer 6.5, 7.1, 7.2, 7.6, Citrix Hypervisor 8.0, XCP-ng 7.6 and 8.0.

  • To acquire XenAPI Python library, just run pip install XenAPI on your Ansible Control Node. The library can also be found inside Citrix Hypervisor/XenServer SDK (downloadable from Citrix website). Copy the XenAPI.py file from the SDK to your Python site-packages on your Ansible Control Node to use it. Latest version of the library can also be acquired from GitHub: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/xapi-project/xen-api/master/scripts/examples/python/XenAPI/XenAPI.py

  • If no scheme is specified in hostname, module defaults to http:// because https:// is problematic in most setups. Make sure you are accessing XenServer host in trusted environment or use https:// scheme explicitly.

  • To use https:// scheme for hostname you have to either import host certificate to your OS certificate store or use validate_certs: no which requires XenAPI library from XenServer 7.2 SDK or newer and Python 2.7.9 or newer.

  • This module was called xenserver_guest_facts before Ansible 2.9. The usage did not change.

Examples

- name: Gather facts
  community.general.xenserver_guest_info:
    hostname: "{{ xenserver_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ xenserver_username }}"
    password: "{{ xenserver_password }}"
    name: testvm_11
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: facts

Return Values

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

Key

Description

instance

dictionary

Metadata about the VM

Returned: always

Sample: {“cdrom”: {“type”: “none”}, “customization_agent”: “native”, “disks”: [{“name”: “testvm_11-0”, “name_desc”: “”, “os_device”: “xvda”, “size”: 42949672960, “sr”: “Local storage”, “sr_uuid”: “0af1245e-bdb0-ba33-1446-57a962ec4075”, “vbd_userdevice”: “0”}, {“name”: “testvm_11-1”, “name_desc”: “”, “os_device”: “xvdb”, “size”: 42949672960, “sr”: “Local storage”, “sr_uuid”: “0af1245e-bdb0-ba33-1446-57a962ec4075”, “vbd_userdevice”: “1”}], “domid”: “56”, “folder”: “”, “hardware”: {“memory_mb”: 8192, “num_cpu_cores_per_socket”: 2, “num_cpus”: 4}, “home_server”: “”, “is_template”: false, “name”: “testvm_11”, “name_desc”: “”, “networks”: [{“gateway”: “192.168.0.254”, “gateway6”: “fc00::fffe”, “ip”: “192.168.0.200”, “ip6”: [“fe80:0000:0000:0000:e9cb:625a:32c5:c291”, “fc00:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0001”], “mac”: “ba:91:3a:48:20:76”, “mtu”: “1500”, “name”: “Pool-wide network associated with eth1”, “netmask”: “255.255.255.128”, “prefix”: “25”, “prefix6”: “64”, “vif_device”: “0”}], “other_config”: {“base_template_name”: “Windows Server 2016 (64-bit)”, “import_task”: “OpaqueRef:e43eb71c-45d6-5351-09ff-96e4fb7d0fa5”, “install-methods”: “cdrom”, “instant”: “true”, “mac_seed”: “f83e8d8a-cfdc-b105-b054-ef5cb416b77e”}, “platform”: {“acpi”: “1”, “apic”: “true”, “cores-per-socket”: “2”, “device_id”: “0002”, “hpet”: “true”, “nx”: “true”, “pae”: “true”, “timeoffset”: “-25200”, “vga”: “std”, “videoram”: “8”, “viridian”: “true”, “viridian_reference_tsc”: “true”, “viridian_time_ref_count”: “true”}, “state”: “poweredon”, “uuid”: “e3c0b2d5-5f05-424e-479c-d3df8b3e7cda”, “xenstore_data”: {“vm-data”: “”}}

Authors

  • Bojan Vitnik (@bvitnik)