community.vmware.vmware_content_deploy_ovf_template module – Deploy Virtual Machine from ovf template stored in content library.

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_content_deploy_ovf_template.

Synopsis

  • Module to deploy virtual machine from ovf template in content library.

  • 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

cluster

string

Name of the cluster in datacenter in which to place deployed VM.

datacenter

string / required

Name of the datacenter, where VM to be deployed.

datastore

string

Name of the datastore to store deployed VM and disk.

datastore_cluster

string

added in 1.9.0 of community.vmware

Name of the datastore cluster housing a datastore to store deployed VM and disk.

If datastore is not specified, the recommended datastore from this cluster will be used.

folder

string

Name of the folder in datacenter in which to place deployed VM.

Default: “vm”

host

string

Name of the ESX Host in datacenter in which to place deployed VM. The host has to be a member of the cluster that contains the resource pool.

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.

library

aliases: content_library, content_library_src

string

added in 1.5.0 of community.vmware

The name of the content library from where the template resides.

log_level

string

added in 1.12.0 of community.vmware

The level of logging desired in this module.

Choices:

  • debug

  • info

  • normal ← (default)

name

aliases: vm_name

string / required

The name of the VM to be deployed.

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.

resource_pool

string

Name of the resourcepool in datacenter in which to place deployed VM.

storage_provisioning

string

Default storage provisioning type to use for all sections of type vmw:StorageSection in the OVF descriptor.

Choices:

  • thin ← (default)

  • thick

  • eagerZeroedThick

  • eagerzeroedthick

template

aliases: ovf, ovf_template, template_src

string / required

The name of OVF template from which VM to be deployed.

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 6.7

Examples

- name: Deploy Virtual Machine from OVF template in content library
  community.vmware.vmware_content_deploy_ovf_template:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    ovf_template: rhel_test_template
    datastore: Shared_NFS_Volume
    folder: vm
    datacenter: Sample_DC_1
    name: Sample_VM
    resource_pool: test_rp
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Deploy Virtual Machine from OVF template in content library with eagerZeroedThick storage
  vmware_content_deploy_ovf_template:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    ovf_template: rhel_test_template
    datastore: Shared_NFS_Volume
    folder: vm
    datacenter: Sample_DC_1
    name: Sample_VM
    resource_pool: test_rp
    storage_provisioning: eagerZeroedThick
  delegate_to: localhost

Return Values

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

Key

Description

vm_deploy_info

dictionary

Virtual machine deployment message and vm_id

Returned: on success

Sample: {“msg”: “Deployed Virtual Machine \u0027Sample_VM\u0027.”, “vm_id”: “vm-1009”}

Authors

  • Lev Goncharv (@ultral)