community.vmware.vmware_category_info module – Gather info about VMware tag categories

Note

This module is part of the community.vmware collection (version 2.5.0).

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.vmware.

To use it in a playbook, specify: community.vmware.vmware_category_info.

Synopsis

  • This module can be used to gather information about VMware tag categories.

  • Tag feature is introduced in vSphere 6 version, so this module is not supported in earlier versions of vSphere.

  • All variables and VMware object names are case sensitive.

Requirements

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

  • python >= 2.6

  • PyVmomi

  • vSphere Automation SDK

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

hostname

string

The hostname or IP address of the vSphere vCenter server.

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

password

aliases: pass, pwd

string

The password of the vSphere vCenter server.

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

port

integer

The port number of the vSphere vCenter.

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

Default: 443

protocol

string

The connection to protocol.

Choices:

  • http

  • https ← (default)

proxy_host

string

added in 1.12.0 of community.vmware

Address of a proxy that will receive all HTTPS requests and relay them.

The format is a hostname or a IP.

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

proxy_port

integer

added in 1.12.0 of community.vmware

Port of the HTTP proxy that will receive all HTTPS requests and relay them.

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

username

aliases: admin, user

string

The username of the vSphere vCenter server.

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

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 VMWARE_VALIDATE_CERTS will be used instead.

Choices:

  • no

  • yes ← (default)

Notes

Note

  • Tested on vSphere 6.5

Examples

- name: Gather info about tag categories
  community.vmware.vmware_category_info:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: all_tag_category_info

- name: Gather category id from given tag category
  community.vmware.vmware_category_info:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: tag_category_results

- set_fact:
    category_id: "{{ item.category_id }}"
  loop: "{{ tag_category_results.tag_category_info|json_query(query) }}"
  vars:
    query: "[?category_name==`Category0001`]"
- debug: var=category_id

Return Values

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

Key

Description

tag_category_info

list / elements=string

metadata of tag categories

Returned: always

Sample: [{“category_associable_types”: [], “category_cardinality”: “MULTIPLE”, “category_description”: “awesome description”, “category_id”: “urn:vmomi:InventoryServiceCategory:e785088d-6981-4b1c-9fb8-1100c3e1f742:GLOBAL”, “category_name”: “Category0001”, “category_used_by”: []}, {“category_associable_types”: [“VirtualMachine”], “category_cardinality”: “SINGLE”, “category_description”: “another awesome description”, “category_id”: “urn:vmomi:InventoryServiceCategory:ae5b7c6c-e622-4671-9b96-76e93adb70f2:GLOBAL”, “category_name”: “template_tag”, “category_used_by”: []}]

Authors

  • Abhijeet Kasurde (@Akasurde)