community.vmware.vmware_tag_manager module – Manage association of VMware tags with VMware objects

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. You need further requirements to be able to use this module, see Requirements for details.

To use it in a playbook, specify: community.vmware.vmware_tag_manager.

Synopsis

  • This module can be used to assign / remove VMware tags from the given VMware objects.

  • Tag feature is introduced in vSphere 6 version, so this module is not supported in the earlier versions of vSphere.

  • All variables and VMware object names are case sensitive.

Requirements

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

  • vSphere Automation SDK

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

hostname

string

The hostname or IP address of the vSphere vCenter server.

If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable VMWARE_HOST will be used instead.

moid

string

Managed object ID for the given object.

Required if object_name is not set.

object_name

string

Name of the object to work with.

For DistributedVirtualPortgroups the format should be “switch_name:portgroup_name”

Required if moid is not set.

object_type

string / required

Type of object to work with.

Choices:

  • "VirtualMachine"

  • "Datacenter"

  • "ClusterComputeResource"

  • "HostSystem"

  • "DistributedVirtualSwitch"

  • "DistributedVirtualPortgroup"

  • "Datastore"

  • "DatastoreCluster"

  • "ResourcePool"

  • "Folder"

password

aliases: pass, pwd

string

The password of the vSphere vCenter server.

If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable VMWARE_PASSWORD will be used instead.

port

integer

The port number of the vSphere vCenter.

If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable VMWARE_PORT will be used instead.

Default: 443

protocol

string

The connection to protocol.

Choices:

  • "http"

  • "https" ← (default)

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.

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.

state

string

If state is set to add or present will add the tags to the existing tag list of the given object.

If state is set to remove or absent will remove the tags from the existing tag list of the given object.

If state is set to set will replace the tags of the given objects with the user defined list of tags.

Choices:

  • "present"

  • "absent"

  • "add" ← (default)

  • "remove"

  • "set"

tag_names

list / elements=any / required

List of tag(s) to be managed.

User can also specify category name by specifying colon separated value. For example, “category_name:tag_name”.

User can also specify tag and category as dict, when tag or category contains colon. See example for more information. Added in version 2.10.

User can skip category name if you have unique tag names.

username

aliases: admin, user

string

The username of the vSphere vCenter server.

If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable VMWARE_USER will be used instead.

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.

Choices:

  • false

  • true ← (default)

Examples

- name: Add tags to a virtual machine
  community.vmware.vmware_tag_manager:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    tag_names:
      - Sample_Tag_0002
      - Category_0001:Sample_Tag_0003
    object_name: Fedora_VM
    object_type: VirtualMachine
    state: add
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Specify tag and category as dict
  community.vmware.vmware_tag_manager:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    tag_names:
      - tag: tag_0001
        category: cat_0001
      - tag: tag_0002
        category: cat_0002
    object_name: Fedora_VM
    object_type: VirtualMachine
    state: add
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Remove a tag from a virtual machine
  community.vmware.vmware_tag_manager:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    tag_names:
      - Sample_Tag_0002
    object_name: Fedora_VM
    object_type: VirtualMachine
    state: remove
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Add tags to a distributed virtual switch
  community.vmware.vmware_tag_manager:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    tag_names:
      - Sample_Tag_0003
    object_name: Switch_0001
    object_type: DistributedVirtualSwitch
    state: add
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Add tags to a distributed virtual portgroup
  community.vmware.vmware_tag_manager:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    tag_names:
      - Sample_Tag_0004
    object_name: Switch_0001:Portgroup_0001
    object_type: DistributedVirtualPortgroup
    state: add
  delegate_to: localhost


- name: Get information about folders
  community.vmware.vmware_folder_info:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    datacenter: 'Asia-Datacenter1'
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: r
- name: Set Managed object ID for the given folder
  ansible.builtin.set_fact:
    folder_mo_id: "{{ (r.flat_folder_info | selectattr('path', 'equalto', '/Asia-Datacenter1/vm/tier1/tier2') | map(attribute='moid'))[0] }}"
- name: Add tags to a Folder using managed object id
  community.vmware.vmware_tag_manager:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    tag_names:
      - Sample_Cat_0004:Sample_Tag_0004
    object_type: Folder
    moid: "{{ folder_mo_id }}"
    state: add
  delegate_to: localhost

Return Values

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

Key

Description

tag_status

list / elements=string

metadata about tags related to object configuration

Returned: on success

Sample: {"current_tags": ["backup", "security"], "desired_tags": ["security"], "previous_tags": ["backup", "security"]}

Authors

  • Abhijeet Kasurde (@Akasurde)

  • Frederic Van Reet (@GBrawl)