community.vmware.vmware_guest_cross_vc_clone – Cross-vCenter VM/template clone

Note

This plugin is part of the community.vmware collection (version 1.14.0).

To install it use: ansible-galaxy collection install community.vmware.

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

Synopsis

  • This module can be used for Cross-vCenter vm/template clone

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
destination_datastore
string / required
The name of the destination datastore or the datastore cluster.
If datastore cluster name is specified, we will find the Storage DRS recommended datastore in that cluster.
destination_host
string / required
The name of the destination host.
destination_resource_pool
string
Destination resource pool.
If not provided, the destination host's parent's resource pool will be used.
destination_vcenter
string / required
The hostname or IP address of the destination VCenter.
destination_vcenter_password
string / required
The password of the destination VCenter.
destination_vcenter_port
integer
Default:
443
The port to establish connection in the destination VCenter.
destination_vcenter_username
string / required
The username of the destination VCenter.
destination_vcenter_validate_certs
boolean
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Parameter to indicate if certification validation needs to be done on destination VCenter.
destination_vm_folder
string / required
Destination folder, absolute path to deploy the cloned vm.
This parameter is case sensitive.
Examples:
folder: vm
folder: ha-datacenter/vm
folder: /datacenter1/vm
destination_vm_name
string / required
The name of the cloned VM.
hostname
string
The hostname or IP address of the vSphere vCenter or ESXi server.
If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable VMWARE_HOST will be used instead.
Environment variable support added in Ansible 2.6.
moid
string
Managed Object ID of the vm/template instance to manage if known, this is a unique identifier only within a single vCenter instance.
This is required if name or uuid is not supplied.
name
string
Name of the virtual machine or template.
This is a required parameter, if parameter uuid or moid is not supplied.
password
string
The password of the vSphere vCenter or ESXi server.
If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable VMWARE_PASSWORD will be used instead.
Environment variable support added in Ansible 2.6.

aliases: pass, pwd
port
integer
Default:
443
The port number of the vSphere vCenter or ESXi server.
If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable VMWARE_PORT will be used instead.
Environment variable support added in Ansible 2.6.
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.
This feature depends on a version of pyvmomi greater than v6.7.1.2018.12
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
    Choices:
  • present ←
  • poweredon
The state of Virtual Machine deployed.
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.
use_instance_uuid
boolean
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Whether to use the VMware instance UUID rather than the BIOS UUID.
username
string
The username of the vSphere vCenter or ESXi server.
If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable VMWARE_USER will be used instead.
Environment variable support added in Ansible 2.6.

aliases: admin, user
uuid
string
UUID of the vm/template instance to clone from, this is VMware's unique identifier.
This is a required parameter, if parameter name or moid is not supplied.
validate_certs
boolean
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes ←
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.
Environment variable support added in Ansible 2.6.
If set to true, please make sure Python >= 2.7.9 is installed on the given machine.

Examples

# Clone template
- name: clone a template across VC
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_cross_vc_clone:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    name: "test_vm1"
    destination_vm_name: "cloned_vm_from_template"
    destination_vcenter: '{{ destination_vcenter_hostname }}'
    destination_vcenter_username: '{{ destination_vcenter_username }}'
    destination_vcenter_password: '{{ destination_vcenter_password }}'
    destination_vcenter_port: '{{ destination_vcenter_port }}'
    destination_vcenter_validate_certs: '{{ destination_vcenter_validate_certs }}'
    destination_host: '{{ destination_esxi }}'
    destination_datastore: '{{ destination_datastore }}'
    destination_vm_folder: '{{ destination_vm_folder }}'
    state: present
  register: cross_vc_clone_from_template

- name: clone a VM across VC
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_cross_vc_clone:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    name: "test_vm1"
    destination_vm_name: "cloned_vm_from_vm"
    destination_vcenter: '{{ destination_vcenter_hostname }}'
    destination_vcenter_username: '{{ destination_vcenter_username }}'
    destination_vcenter_password: '{{ destination_vcenter_password }}'
    destination_host: '{{ destination_esxi }}'
    destination_datastore: '{{ destination_datastore }}'
    destination_vm_folder: '{{ destination_vm_folder }}'
    state: poweredon
  register: cross_vc_clone_from_vm

- name: check_mode support
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_cross_vc_clone:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    name: "test_vm1"
    destination_vm_name: "cloned_vm_from_vm"
    destination_vcenter: '{{ destination_vcenter_hostname }}'
    destination_vcenter_username: '{{ destination_vcenter_username }}'
    destination_vcenter_password: '{{ destination_vcenter_password }}'
    destination_host: '{{ destination_esxi }}'
    destination_datastore: '{{ destination_datastore }}'
    destination_vm_folder: '{{ destination_vm_folder }}'
  check_mode: true

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
vm_info
dictionary
always
metadata about the virtual machine

Sample:
{'datastore': '', 'host': '', 'power_on': '', 'vcenter': '', 'vm_folder': '', 'vm_name': ''}


Authors

  • Anusha Hegde (@anusha94)