community.vmware.vmware_guest_register_operation module – VM inventory registration operation

Note

This module is part of the community.vmware collection (version 2.5.0).

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_guest_register_operation.

Synopsis

  • This module can register or unregister VMs to the inventory.

Requirements

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

  • python >= 2.7

  • PyVmomi

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

cluster

string

Specify a cluster name to register VM.

datacenter

string

Destination datacenter for the register/unregister operation.

This parameter is case sensitive.

Default: “ha-datacenter”

esxi_hostname

string

The ESXi hostname where the virtual machine will run.

This parameter is case sensitive.

folder

string

Description folder, absolute path of the target folder.

The folder should include the datacenter. ESX’s datacenter is ha-datacenter.

This parameter is case sensitive.

Examples:

folder: /ha-datacenter/vm

folder: ha-datacenter/vm

folder: /datacenter1/vm

folder: datacenter1/vm

folder: /datacenter1/vm/folder1

folder: datacenter1/vm/folder1

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.

name

string / required

Specify VM name to be registered in the inventory.

password

aliases: pass, pwd

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.

path

string

Specify the path of vmx file.

Examples:

[datastore1] vm/vm.vmx

[datastore1] vm/vm.vmtx

port

integer

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.

Default: 443

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.

resource_pool

string

Specify a resource pool name to register VM.

This parameter is case sensitive.

Resource pool should be child of the selected host parent.

state

string

Specify the state the virtual machine should be in.

if set to present, register VM in inventory.

if set to absent, unregister VM from inventory.

Choices:

  • present ← (default)

  • absent

template

boolean

Whether to register VM as a template.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

username

aliases: admin, user

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.

uuid

string

UUID of the virtual machine to manage if known, this is VMware’s unique identifier.

If virtual machine does not exists, then this parameter is ignored.

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.

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.

Choices:

  • no

  • yes ← (default)

Notes

Note

  • All modules requires API write access and hence is not supported on a free ESXi license.

Examples

- name: Register VM to inventory
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_register_operation:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter }}"
    folder: "/vm"
    esxi_hostname: "{{ esxi_hostname }}"
    name: "{{ vm_name }}"
    template: false
    path: "[datastore1] vm/vm.vmx"
    state: present

- name: Register VM in resource pool
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_register_operation:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter }}"
    folder: "/vm"
    resource_pool: "{{ resource_pool }}"
    name: "{{ vm_name }}"
    template: false
    path: "[datastore1] vm/vm.vmx"
    state: present

- name: Register VM in Cluster
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_register_operation:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter }}"
    folder: "/vm"
    cluster: "{{ cluster_name }}"
    name: "{{ vm_name }}"
    template: false
    path: "[datastore1] vm/vm.vmx"
    state: present

- name: UnRegister VM from inventory
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_register_operation:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter }}"
    folder: "/vm"
    name: "{{ vm_name }}"
    state: absent

Authors

  • sky-joker (@sky-joker)