How to configure the vmware_rest collection


The vcenter_rest modules need to be authenticated. There are two different

Environment variables

Note: This solution requires that you call the modules from the local


You need to export some environment variables in your shell before you call the modules.

$ export VMWARE_HOST=vcenter.test
$ export VMWARE_USER=myvcenter-user
$ export VMWARE_PASSWORD=mypassword
$ ansible-playbook my-playbook.yaml

Module parameters

All the vcenter_rest modules accept the following arguments:

  • vcenter_host

  • vcenter_username

  • vcenter_password

Ignore SSL certificate error

It”s common to run a test environment without a proper SSL certificate configuration.

To ignore the SSL error, you can use the vcenter_validate_certs: no argument or export VMWARE_VALIDATE_CERTS=no to set the environment variable.