community.vmware.vmware_guest_info – Gather info about a single VM

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_info.

Synopsis

  • Gather information about a single VM on a VMware ESX cluster.

  • This module was called vmware_guest_facts before Ansible 2.9. The usage did not change.

Requirements

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

  • python >= 2.6

  • PyVmomi

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
datacenter
string / required
Destination datacenter for the deploy operation
folder
string
Destination folder, absolute or relative path to find an existing guest.
This is required if name is supplied.
The folder should include the datacenter. ESX's datacenter is ha-datacenter
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
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 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 VM to work with
This is required if uuid or moid is not supplied.
name_match
string
    Choices:
  • first ←
  • last
If multiple VMs matching the name, use the first or last found
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.
properties
list / elements=string
Specify the properties to retrieve.
If not specified, all properties are retrieved (deeply).
Results are returned in a structure identical to the vsphere API.
Example:
properties: [
"config.hardware.memoryMB",
"config.hardware.numCPU",
"guest.disk",
"overallStatus"
]
Only valid when schema is vsphere.
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.
schema
string
    Choices:
  • summary ←
  • vsphere
Specify the output schema desired.
The 'summary' output schema is the legacy output from the module
The 'vsphere' output schema is the vSphere API class definition which requires pyvmomi>6.7.1
tags
boolean
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Whether to show tags or not.
If set True, shows tag information.
If set False, hides tags information.
vSphere Automation SDK and vCloud Suite SDK is required.
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 instance to manage if known, this is VMware's unique identifier.
This is required if 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 yes, please make sure Python >= 2.7.9 is installed on the given machine.

Notes

Note

  • Tested on vSphere 5.5, 6.7

Examples

- name: Gather info from standalone ESXi server having datacenter as 'ha-datacenter'
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_info:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: ha-datacenter
    validate_certs: no
    uuid: 421e4592-c069-924d-ce20-7e7533fab926
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: info

- name: Gather some info from a guest using the vSphere API output schema
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_info:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    validate_certs: no
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter_name }}"
    name: "{{ vm_name }}"
    schema: "vsphere"
    properties: ["config.hardware.memoryMB", "guest.disk", "overallStatus"]
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: info

- name: Gather some information about a guest using MoID
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_info:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    validate_certs: no
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter_name }}"
    moid: vm-42
    schema: "vsphere"
    properties: ["config.hardware.memoryMB", "guest.disk", "overallStatus"]
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: vm_moid_info

- name: Gather Managed object ID (moid) from a guest using the vSphere API output schema for REST Calls
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_info:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    validate_certs: no
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter_name }}"
    name: "{{ vm_name }}"
    schema: "vsphere"
    properties:
      - _moId
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: moid_info

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
instance
dictionary
always
metadata about the virtual machine

Sample:
{'annotation': '', 'current_snapshot': None, 'customvalues': {}, 'guest_consolidation_needed': False, 'guest_question': None, 'guest_tools_status': 'guestToolsNotRunning', 'guest_tools_version': '10247', 'hw_cores_per_socket': 1, 'hw_datastores': ['ds_226_3'], 'hw_esxi_host': '10.76.33.226', 'hw_eth0': {'addresstype': 'assigned', 'ipaddresses': None, 'label': 'Network adapter 1', 'macaddress': '00:50:56:87:a5:9a', 'macaddress_dash': '00-50-56-87-a5-9a', 'portgroup_key': None, 'portgroup_portkey': None, 'summary': 'VM Network'}, 'hw_files': ['[ds_226_3] ubuntu_t/ubuntu_t.vmx', '[ds_226_3] ubuntu_t/ubuntu_t.nvram', '[ds_226_3] ubuntu_t/ubuntu_t.vmsd', '[ds_226_3] ubuntu_t/vmware.log', '[ds_226_3] u0001/u0001.vmdk'], 'hw_folder': '/DC0/vm/Discovered virtual machine', 'hw_guest_full_name': None, 'hw_guest_ha_state': None, 'hw_guest_id': None, 'hw_interfaces': ['eth0'], 'hw_is_template': False, 'hw_memtotal_mb': 1024, 'hw_name': 'ubuntu_t', 'hw_power_status': 'poweredOff', 'hw_processor_count': 1, 'hw_product_uuid': '4207072c-edd8-3bd5-64dc-903fd3a0db04', 'hw_version': 'vmx-13', 'instance_uuid': '5007769d-add3-1e12-f1fe-225ae2a07caf', 'ipv4': None, 'ipv6': None, 'module_hw': True, 'moid': 'vm-42', 'snapshots': [], 'tags': ['backup'], 'vimref': 'vim.VirtualMachine:vm-42', 'vnc': {}}


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