community.vmware.vmware_guest_tools_upgrade module – Module to upgrade VMTools

Note

This module is part of the community.vmware collection (version 3.1.0).

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_tools_upgrade.

Synopsis

  • This module upgrades the VMware Tools on Windows and Linux guests and reboots them.

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

datacenter

string / required

Destination datacenter where the virtual machine exists.

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

force_upgrade

boolean

This flag overrides the guest operating system detection and forcibly upgrade VMware tools or open-vm-tools.

This is useful when VMware tools is too old and unable to detect the ‘guestFamily’ value.

Using this flag may sometime give unexpected results since module will override the default

behaviour of ‘guestFamily’ detection.

Choices:

  • false ← (default)

  • true

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 virtual machine to work with.

This is required if uuid or moid is not supplied.

name_match

string

If multiple virtual machines matching the name, use the first or last found.

Choices:

  • "first" ← (default)

  • "last"

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.

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.

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 instance to manage if known, this is VMware’s unique identifier.

This is required if name or moid is not supplied.

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:

  • false

  • true ← (default)

Notes

Note

  • In order to upgrade VMTools, please power on virtual machine before hand - either ‘manually’ or using module community.vmware.vmware_guest_powerstate.

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

Examples

- name: Get VM UUID
  vmware_guest_facts:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter }}"
    folder: "/{{datacenter}}/vm"
    name: "{{ vm_name }}"
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: vm_facts

- name: Upgrade VMware Tools using uuid
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_tools_upgrade:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter_name }}"
    uuid: "{{ vm_facts.instance.hw_product_uuid }}"
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Upgrade VMware Tools using MoID
  community.vmware.vmware_guest_tools_upgrade:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter_name }}"
    moid: vm-42
  delegate_to: localhost

Authors

  • Mike Klebolt (@MikeKlebolt)