community.vmware.vmware_guest_file_operation – Files operation in a VMware guest operating system without network

Note

This plugin is part of the community.vmware collection.

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

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

Synopsis

  • Module to copy a file to a VM, fetch a file from a VM and create or delete a directory in the guest OS.

Requirements

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

  • python >= 2.6

  • PyVmomi

  • requests

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
cluster
string
The cluster hosting the virtual machine.
If set, it will help to speed up virtual machine search.
copy
dictionary
Copy file to vm without requiring network.
dest
string / required
File destination, path must be exist.
overwrite
boolean
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes
Overwrite or not.
src
string / required
File source absolute or relative.
datacenter
string
The datacenter hosting the virtual machine.
If set, it will help to speed up virtual machine search.
directory
dictionary
Create or delete a directory.
Can be used to create temp directory inside guest using mktemp operation.
mktemp sets variable dir in the result with the name of the new directory.
mktemp operation option is added in version 2.8.
operation
string / required
    Choices:
  • create
  • delete
  • mktemp
Operation to perform.
path
string
Directory path.
Required for create or remove.
prefix
string
Temporary directory prefix.
Required for mktemp.
recurse
boolean
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Not required.
suffix
string
Temporary directory suffix.
Required for mktemp.
fetch
dictionary
Get file from virtual machine without requiring network.
dest
string / required
File destination on localhost, path must be exist.
src
string / required
The file on the remote system to fetch.
This must be a file, not a directory.
folder
string
Destination folder, absolute path to find an existing guest or create the new guest.
The folder should include the datacenter. ESX's datacenter is ha-datacenter
Used only if vm_id_type is inventory_path.
Examples:
folder: /ha-datacenter/vm
folder: ha-datacenter/vm
folder: /datacenter1/vm
folder: datacenter1/vm
folder: /datacenter1/vm/folder1
folder: datacenter1/vm/folder1
folder: /folder1/datacenter1/vm
folder: folder1/datacenter1/vm
folder: /folder1/datacenter1/vm/folder2
folder: vm/folder2
folder: folder2
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.
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.
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
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 yes, please make sure Python >= 2.7.9 is installed on the given machine.
vm_id
string / required
Name of the virtual machine to work with.
vm_id_type
string
    Choices:
  • uuid
  • instance_uuid
  • dns_name
  • inventory_path
  • vm_name ←
The VMware identification method by which the virtual machine will be identified.
vm_password
string / required
The password used to login-in to the virtual machine.
vm_username
string / required
The user to login in to the virtual machine.

Notes

Note

  • Tested on vSphere 6

  • Only the first match against vm_id is used, even if there are multiple matches

Examples

- name: Create directory inside a vm
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_file_operation:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter_name }}"
    validate_certs: no
    vm_id: "{{ guest_name }}"
    vm_username: "{{ guest_username }}"
    vm_password: "{{ guest_userpassword }}"
    directory:
      path: "/test"
      operation: create
      recurse: no
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: copy file to vm
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_file_operation:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter_name }}"
    vm_id: "{{ guest_name }}"
    vm_username: "{{ guest_username }}"
    vm_password: "{{ guest_userpassword }}"
    copy:
        src: "files/test.zip"
        dest: "/root/test.zip"
        overwrite: False
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: fetch file from vm
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_file_operation:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter_name }}"
    vm_id: "{{ guest_name }}"
    vm_username: "{{ guest_username }}"
    vm_password: "{{ guest_userpassword }}"
    fetch:
        src: "/root/test.zip"
        dest: "files/test.zip"
  delegate_to: localhost

Authors

  • Stéphane Travassac (@stravassac)