community.vmware.vmware_guest_network – Manage network adapters of specified virtual machine in given vCenter infrastructure

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_network.

New in version 1.0.0: of community.vmware

Synopsis

  • This module is used to add, reconfigure, remove network adapter of given virtual machine.

Requirements

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

  • python >= 2.7

  • PyVmomi

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
cluster
string
Name of cluster where VM belongs to.
connected
boolean
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes ←
If NIC should be connected to the network.
datacenter
string
Default:
"ha-datacenter"
Datacenter the VM belongs to.
device_type
string
Default:
"vmxnet3"
Type of virtual network device.
Valid choices are - e1000, e1000e, pcnet32, vmxnet2, vmxnet3 (default), sriov.
directpath_io
boolean
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Enable Universal Pass-through (UPT).
Only compatible with the vmxnet3 device type.
esxi_hostname
string
The hostname of the ESXi host where the VM belongs to.
folder
string
Folder location of given VM, this is only required when there's multiple VM's with the same name.
force
boolean
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Force adapter creation even if an existing adapter is attached to the same network.
gather_network_info
boolean
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Return information about current guest network adapters.

aliases: gather_network_facts
guest_control
boolean
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes ←
Enables guest control over whether the connectable device is connected.
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.
label
string
Alter the name of the network adapter.
mac_address
string
MAC address of the NIC that should be altered, if a MAC address is not supplied a new nic will be created.
Required when state=absent.
moid
string
Managed Object ID of the instance to manage if known, this is a unique identifier only within a single vCenter instance.
Required if uuid or name is not supplied.
name
string
Name of virtual machine
Required if uuid or moid is not supplied.
network_name
string
Name of network in vSphere.
networks
list / elements=dictionary
This method will be deprecated, use loops in your playbook for multiple interfaces instead.
A list of network adapters.
mac or label or device_type is required to reconfigure or remove an existing network adapter.
If there are multiple network adapters with the same device_type, you should set label or mac to match one of them, or will apply changes on all network adapters with the device_type specified.
mac, label, device_type is the order of precedence from greatest to least if all set.
connected
boolean
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes
Indicates that virtual network adapter connects to the associated virtual machine.
device_type
string
Valid virtual network device types are e1000, e1000e, pcnet32, vmxnet2, vmxnet3 (default), sriov.
Used to add new network adapter, reconfigure or remove the existing network adapter with this type.
If mac and label not specified or not find network adapter by mac or label will use this parameter.
directpath_io
boolean
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes
If set, Universal Pass-Through (UPT or DirectPath I/O) will be enabled on the network adapter.
UPT is only compatible for Vmxnet3 adapter.
dvswitch_name
string
Name of the distributed vSwitch.
This value is required if multiple distributed portgroups exists with the same name.
label
string
Label of the existing network adapter to be reconfigured or removed, e.g., "Network adapter 1".
mac
string
MAC address of the existing network adapter to be reconfigured or removed.
manual_mac
string
Manual specified MAC address of the network adapter when creating, or reconfiguring.
If not specified when creating new network adapter, mac address will be generated automatically.
When reconfigure MAC address, VM should be in powered off state.
name
string
Name of the portgroup or distributed virtual portgroup for this interface.
When specifying distributed virtual portgroup make sure given esxi_hostname or cluster is associated with it.
start_connected
boolean
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes
Indicates that virtual network adapter starts with associated virtual machine powers on.
state
string
State of the network adapter.
If set to present, then will do reconfiguration for the specified network adapter.
If set to new, then will add the specified network adapter.
If set to absent, then will remove this network adapter.
vlan
integer
VLAN number for this interface.
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.
start_connected
boolean
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes ←
If NIC should be connected to network on startup.
state
string
    Choices:
  • present ←
  • absent
NIC state.
When state=present, a nic will be added if a mac address or label does not previously exists or is unset.
When state=absent, the mac_address parameter has to be set.
switch
string
Name of the (dv)switch for destination network, this is only required for dvswitches.
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
vm uuid
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.
vlan_id
integer
VLAN id associated with the network.
wake_onlan
boolean
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Enable wake on LAN.

Notes

Note

  • Tested on vSphere 6.0, 6.5 and 6.7

  • For backwards compatibility network_data is returned when using the gather_network_info and networks parameters

Examples

- name: change network for 00:50:56:11:22:33 on vm01.domain.fake
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_network:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter_name }}"
    validate_certs: no
    name: vm01.domain.fake
    mac_address: 00:50:56:11:22:33
    network_name: admin-network
    state: present

- name: add a nic on network with vlan id 2001 for 422d000d-2000-ffff-0000-b00000000000
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_network:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter_name }}"
    validate_certs: no
    uuid: 422d000d-2000-ffff-0000-b00000000000
    vlan_id: 2001

- name: remove nic with mac 00:50:56:11:22:33 from vm01.domain.fake
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_network:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter_name }}"
    validate_certs: no
    mac_address: 00:50:56:11:22:33
    name: vm01.domain.fake
    state: absent

- name: add multiple nics to vm01.domain.fake
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_network:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter_name }}"
    validate_certs: no
    name: vm01.domain.fake
    state: present
    vlan_id: "{{ item.vlan_id | default(omit) }}"
    network_name: "{{ item.network_name | default(omit) }}"
    connected: "{{ item.connected | default(omit) }}"
  loop:
    - vlan_id: 2000
      connected: false
    - network_name: guest-net
      connected: true

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
network_data
dictionary
when using gather_network_info or networks parameters
For backwards compatibility, metadata about the virtual machine network adapters

Sample:
{'network_data': {'0': {'allow_guest_ctl': True, 'connected': True, 'device_type': 'vmxnet3', 'label': 'Network adapter 2', 'mac_addr': '00:50:56:AA:AA:AA', 'mac_address': '00:50:56:AA:AA:AA', 'name': 'admin-net', 'network_name': 'admin-net', 'start_connected': True, 'switch': 'vSwitch0', 'unit_number': 8, 'vlan_id': 10, 'wake_onlan': False}, '1': {'allow_guest_ctl': True, 'connected': True, 'device_type': 'vmxnet3', 'label': 'Network adapter 1', 'mac_addr': '00:50:56:BB:BB:BB', 'mac_address': '00:50:56:BB:BB:BB', 'name': 'guest-net', 'network_name': 'guest-net', 'start_connected': True, 'switch': 'vSwitch0', 'unit_number': 7, 'vlan_id': 10, 'wake_onlan': True}}}
network_info
list / elements=string
always
metadata about the virtual machine network adapters

Sample:
{'network_info': [{'allow_guest_ctl': True, 'connected': True, 'device_type': 'vmxnet3', 'label': 'Network adapter 2', 'mac_address': '00:50:56:AA:AA:AA', 'network_name': 'admin-net', 'start_connected': True, 'switch': 'vSwitch0', 'unit_number': 8, 'vlan_id': 10, 'wake_onlan': False}, {'allow_guest_ctl': True, 'connected': True, 'device_type': 'vmxnet3', 'label': 'Network adapter 1', 'mac_address': '00:50:56:BB:BB:BB', 'network_name': 'guest-net', 'start_connected': True, 'switch': 'vSwitch0', 'unit_number': 7, 'vlan_id': 10, 'wake_onlan': True}]}


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