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vmware_guest_file_operation – Files operation in a VMware guest operating system without network

New in version 2.5.

Synopsis

  • Module to copy a file to a VM, fetch a file from a VM and create or delete a directory in the guest OS.

Requirements

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

  • python >= 2.6
  • PyVmomi
  • requests

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
cluster
-
The cluster hosting the virtual machine.
If set, it will help to speed up virtual machine search.
copy
-
Copy file to vm without requiring network.
Valid attributes are:
src: file source absolute or relative
dest: file destination, path must be exist
overwrite: False or True (not required, default False)
datacenter
-
The datacenter hosting the virtual machine.
If set, it will help to speed up virtual machine search.
directory
-
Create or delete directory.
Valid attributes are:
path: directory path to create or remove
operation: Valid values are create, delete
recurse (boolean): Not required, default (false)
fetch
-
added in 2.5
Get file from virtual machine without requiring network.
Valid attributes are:
src: The file on the remote system to fetch. This must be a file, not a directory
dest: file destination on localhost, path must be exist
folder
-
Destination folder, absolute path to find an existing guest or create the new guest.
The folder should include the datacenter. ESX's datacenter is ha-datacenter
Used only if vm_id_type is inventory_path.
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
folder: vm/folder2
folder: 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 version 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 version 2.6.

aliases: pass, pwd
port
integer
added in 2.5
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 version 2.6.
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 version 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 version 2.6.
If set to yes, please make sure Python >= 2.7.9 is installed on the given machine.
vm_id
- / required
Name of the virtual machine to work with.
vm_id_type
-
    Choices:
  • uuid
  • dns_name
  • inventory_path
  • vm_name ←
The VMware identification method by which the virtual machine will be identified.
vm_password
- / required
The password used to login-in to the virtual machine.
vm_username
- / required
The user to login in to the virtual machine.

Notes

Note

  • Tested on vSphere 6
  • Only the first match against vm_id is used, even if there are multiple matches

Examples

- name: Create directory inside a vm
  vmware_guest_file_operation:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter_name }}"
    validate_certs: no
    vm_id: "{{ guest_name }}"
    vm_username: "{{ guest_username }}"
    vm_password: "{{ guest_userpassword }}"
    directory:
      path: "/test"
      operation: create
      recurse: no
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: copy file to vm
  vmware_guest_file_operation:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter_name }}"
    vm_id: "{{ guest_name }}"
    vm_username: "{{ guest_username }}"
    vm_password: "{{ guest_userpassword }}"
    copy:
        src: "files/test.zip"
        dest: "/root/test.zip"
        overwrite: False
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: fetch file from vm
  vmware_guest_file_operation:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter_name }}"
    vm_id: "{{ guest_name }}"
    vm_username: "{{ guest_username }}"
    vm_password: "{{ guest_userpassword }}"
    fetch:
        src: "/root/test.zip"
        dest: "files/test.zip"
  delegate_to: localhost

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Authors

  • Stéphane Travassac (@stravassac)

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