community.vmware.vmware_category module – Manage VMware categories

Note

This module is part of the community.vmware collection (version 3.1.0).

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. You need further requirements to be able to use this module, see Requirements for details.

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

Synopsis

  • This module can be used to create / delete / update VMware categories.

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

  • vSphere Automation SDK

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

associable_object_types

list / elements=string

List of object types that can be associated with the given category.

Choices:

  • "All objects"

  • "Cluster"

  • "Content Library"

  • "Datacenter"

  • "Datastore"

  • "Datastore Cluster"

  • "Distributed Port Group"

  • "Distributed Switch"

  • "Folder"

  • "Host"

  • "Library item"

  • "Network"

  • "Host Network"

  • "Opaque Network"

  • "Resource Pool"

  • "vApp"

  • "Virtual Machine"

category_cardinality

string

The category cardinality.

This parameter is ignored, when updating existing category.

Choices:

  • "multiple" ← (default)

  • "single"

category_description

string

The category description.

This is required only if state is set to present.

This parameter is ignored, when state is set to absent.

Default: ""

category_name

string / required

The name of category to manage.

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.

new_category_name

string

The new name for an existing category.

This value is used while updating an existing category.

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

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

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.

state

string

The state of category.

If set to present and category does not exists, then category is created.

If set to present and category exists, then category is updated.

If set to absent and category exists, then category is deleted.

If set to absent and category does not exists, no action is taken.

Process of updating category only allows name, description change.

Choices:

  • "present" ← (default)

  • "absent"

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:

  • false

  • true ← (default)

Examples

- name: Create a category
  community.vmware.vmware_category:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    category_name: Sample_Cat_0001
    category_description: Sample Description
    category_cardinality: 'multiple'
    state: present

- name: Rename category
  community.vmware.vmware_category:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    category_name: Sample_Category_0001
    new_category_name: Sample_Category_0002
    state: present

- name: Update category description
  community.vmware.vmware_category:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    category_name: Sample_Category_0001
    category_description: Some fancy description
    state: present

- name: Delete category
  community.vmware.vmware_category:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    category_name: Sample_Category_0002
    state: absent

- name: Create category with 2 associable object types
  community.vmware.vmware_category:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    category_name: 'Sample_Category_0003'
    category_description: 'sample description'
    associable_object_types:
    - Datastore
    - Cluster
    state: present

Return Values

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

Key

Description

category_results

dictionary

dictionary of category metadata

Returned: on success

Sample: {"category_id": "urn:vmomi:InventoryServiceCategory:d7120bda-9fa5-4f92-9d71-aa1acff2e5a8:GLOBAL", "msg": "Category NewCat_0001 updated."}

Authors

  • Abhijeet Kasurde (@Akasurde)