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

Note

This module is part of the community.vmware collection (version 1.18.0).

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_template.

Synopsis

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

  • Content Library feature is introduced in vSphere 6.0 version.

  • vmtx templates feature is introduced in vSphere 67U1 and APIs for clone template from content library in 67U2.

  • This module does not work with vSphere version older than 67U2.

  • 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.

Required if resource_pool is not specified.

datacenter

string / required

Name of the datacenter, where VM to be deployed.

datastore

string

Name of the datastore to store deployed VM and disk.

Required if datastore_cluster is not provided.

datastore_cluster

string

added in 1.7.0 of community.vmware

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

Please make sure Storage DRS is active for recommended datastore from the given datastore cluster.

If Storage DRS is not enabled, datastore with largest free storage space is selected.

Required if datastore is not provided.

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.

Required with resource_pool to find resource pool details. This will be used as additional information when there are resource pools with same name.

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

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

log_level

string

added in 1.9.0 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 resource pool in datacenter in which to place deployed VM.

Required if cluster is not specified.

For default or non-unique resource pool names, specify host and cluster.

Resources is the default name of resource pool.

state

string

The state of Virtual Machine deployed from template in content library.

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

If set to present and VM exists, no action is taken.

If set to poweredon and VM does not exists, then VM is created with powered on state.

If set to poweredon and VM exists, no action is taken.

Choices:

  • present ← (default)

  • poweredon

template

aliases: template_src

string / required

The name of 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 U3

Examples

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

- name: Deploy Virtual Machine from template in content library with PowerON State
  community.vmware.vmware_content_deploy_template:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    template: rhel_test_template
    content_library: test_content_library
    datastore: Shared_NFS_Volume
    folder: vm
    datacenter: Sample_DC_1
    name: Sample_VM
    resource_pool: test_rp
    state: poweredon
  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

  • Pavan Bidkar (@pgbidkar)