community.vmware.vmware_vm_info – Return basic info pertaining to a VMware machine guest

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_vm_info.

Synopsis

  • Return basic information pertaining to a vSphere or ESXi virtual machine guest.

  • Cluster name as fact is added in version 2.7.

  • This module was called vmware_vm_facts before Ansible 2.9. The usage did not change.

Requirements

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

  • python >= 2.6

  • PyVmomi

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
folder
string
Specify a folder location of VMs to gather information from.
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
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
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.
show_attribute
boolean
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Attributes related to VM guest shown in information only when this is set true.
show_tag
boolean
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Tags related to virtual machine are shown if set to True.
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
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.
vm_type
string
    Choices:
  • all ←
  • vm
  • template
If set to vm, then information are gathered for virtual machines only.
If set to template, then information are gathered for virtual machine templates only.
If set to all, then information are gathered for all virtual machines and virtual machine templates.

Notes

Note

  • Tested on ESXi 6.7, vSphere 5.5 and vSphere 6.5

  • From 2.8 and onwards, information are returned as list of dict instead of dict.

Examples

- name: Gather all registered virtual machines
  community.vmware.vmware_vm_info:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: vminfo

- debug:
    var: vminfo.virtual_machines

- name: Gather only registered virtual machine templates
  community.vmware.vmware_vm_info:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    vm_type: template
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: template_info

- debug:
    var: template_info.virtual_machines

- name: Gather only registered virtual machines
  community.vmware.vmware_vm_info:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    vm_type: vm
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: vm_info

- debug:
    var: vm_info.virtual_machines

- name: Get UUID from given VM Name
  block:
    - name: Get virtual machine info
      community.vmware.vmware_vm_info:
        hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
        username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
        password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
        folder: "/datacenter/vm/folder"
      delegate_to: localhost
      register: vm_info

    - debug:
        msg: "{{ item.uuid }}"
      with_items:
        - "{{ vm_info.virtual_machines | json_query(query) }}"
      vars:
        query: "[?guest_name=='DC0_H0_VM0']"

- name: Get Tags from given VM Name
  block:
    - name: Get virtual machine info
      community.vmware.vmware_vm_info:
        hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
        username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
        password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
        folder: "/datacenter/vm/folder"
      delegate_to: localhost
      register: vm_info

    - debug:
        msg: "{{ item.tags }}"
      with_items:
        - "{{ vm_info.virtual_machines | json_query(query) }}"
      vars:
        query: "[?guest_name=='DC0_H0_VM0']"

- name: Gather all VMs from a specific folder
  community.vmware.vmware_vm_info:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    folder: "/Asia-Datacenter1/vm/prod"
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: vm_info

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
virtual_machines
list / elements=string
success
list of dictionary of virtual machines and their information

Sample:
[{'attributes': {'job': 'backup-prepare'}, 'cluster': None, 'datacenter': 'Datacenter-1', 'esxi_hostname': '10.76.33.226', 'folder': '/Datacenter-1/vm', 'guest_fullname': 'Ubuntu Linux (64-bit)', 'guest_name': 'ubuntu_t', 'ip_address': '', 'mac_address': ['00:50:56:87:a5:9a'], 'power_state': 'poweredOff', 'tags': [{'category_id': 'urn:vmomi:InventoryServiceCategory:b316cc45-f1a9-4277-811d-56c7e7975203:GLOBAL', 'category_name': 'cat_0001', 'description': '', 'id': 'urn:vmomi:InventoryServiceTag:43737ec0-b832-4abf-abb1-fd2448ce3b26:GLOBAL', 'name': 'tag_0001'}], 'uuid': '4207072c-edd8-3bd5-64dc-903fd3a0db04', 'vm_network': {'00:50:56:87:a5:9a': {'ipv4': ['10.76.33.228'], 'ipv6': []}}}]


Authors

  • Joseph Callen (@jcpowermac)

  • Abhijeet Kasurde (@Akasurde)

  • Fedor Vompe (@sumkincpp)