community.vmware.vmware_host_vmnic_info module – Gathers info about vmnics available on the given ESXi host

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_host_vmnic_info.

Synopsis

  • This module can be used to gather information about vmnics available on the given ESXi host.

  • If cluster_name is provided, then vmnic information about all hosts from given cluster will be returned.

  • If esxi_hostname is provided, then vmnic information about given host system will be returned.

  • Additional details about vswitch and dvswitch with respective vmnic is also provided which is added in 2.7 version.

  • Additional details about lldp added in 1.11.0

Requirements

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

  • python >= 2.6

  • PyVmomi

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

capabilities

boolean

Gather information about general capabilities (Auto negotiation, Wake On LAN, and Network I/O Control).

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

cluster_name

string

Name of the cluster from which all host systems will be used.

Vmnic information about each ESXi server will be returned for the given cluster.

This parameter is required if esxi_hostname is not specified.

directpath_io

boolean

Gather information about DirectPath I/O capabilities and configuration.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

esxi_hostname

string

Name of the host system to work with.

Vmnic information about this ESXi server will be returned.

This parameter is required if cluster_name is not specified.

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

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.

sriov

boolean

Gather information about SR-IOV capabilities and configuration.

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.

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

  • Tested on vSphere 6.5

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

Examples

- name: Gather info about vmnics of all ESXi Host in the given Cluster
  community.vmware.vmware_host_vmnic_info:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    cluster_name: '{{ cluster_name }}'
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: cluster_host_vmnics

- name: Gather info about vmnics of an ESXi Host
  community.vmware.vmware_host_vmnic_info:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    esxi_hostname: '{{ esxi_hostname }}'
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: host_vmnics

Return Values

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

Key

Description

hosts_vmnics_info

dictionary

dict with hostname as key and dict with vmnics information as value.

for num_vmnics, only NICs starting with vmnic are counted. NICs like vusb* are not counted.

details about vswitch and dvswitch was added in version 2.7.

details about vmnics was added in version 2.8.

details about lldp was added in version 1.11.0

Returned: hosts_vmnics_info

Sample: {“10.76.33.204”: {“all”: [“vmnic0”, “vmnic1”], “available”: [], “dvswitch”: {“dvs_0002”: [“vmnic1”]}, “num_vmnics”: 2, “used”: [“vmnic1”, “vmnic0”], “vmnic_details”: [{“actual_duplex”: “Full Duplex”, “actual_speed”: 10000, “adapter”: “Intel(R) 82599 10 Gigabit Dual Port Network Connection”, “configured_duplex”: “Auto negotiate”, “configured_speed”: “Auto negotiate”, “device”: “vmnic0”, “driver”: “ixgbe”, “lldp_info”: {“Aggregated Port ID”: “0”, “Aggregation Status”: “1”, “Enabled Capabilities”: {”_vimtype”: “vim.host.PhysicalNic.CdpDeviceCapability”, “host”: false, “igmpEnabled”: false, “networkSwitch”: false, “repeater”: false, “router”: true, “sourceRouteBridge”: false, “transparentBridge”: true}, “MTU”: “9216”, “Port Description”: “switch port description”, “Samples”: 18814, “System Description”: “omitted from output”, “System Name”: “sw1”, “TimeOut”: 30, “Vlan ID”: “1”}, “location”: “0000:01:00.0”, “mac”: “aa:bb:cc:dd:ee:ff”, “status”: “Connected”}, {“actual_duplex”: “Full Duplex”, “actual_speed”: 10000, “adapter”: “Intel(R) 82599 10 Gigabit Dual Port Network Connection”, “configured_duplex”: “Auto negotiate”, “configured_speed”: “Auto negotiate”, “device”: “vmnic1”, “driver”: “ixgbe”, “lldp_info”: “N/A”, “location”: “0000:01:00.1”, “mac”: “ab:ba:cc:dd:ee:ff”, “status”: “Connected”}], “vswitch”: {“vSwitch0”: [“vmnic0”]}}}

Authors

  • Abhijeet Kasurde (@Akasurde)

  • Christian Kotte (@ckotte)