vmware_guest_video – Modify video card configurations of specified virtual machine in given vCenter infrastructure

New in version 2.8.

Synopsis

  • This module is used to reconfigure video card settings of given virtual machine.
  • All parameters and VMware object names are case sensitive.

Requirements

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

  • python >= 2.6
  • PyVmomi

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
datacenter
-
Default:
"ha-datacenter"
The datacenter name to which virtual machine belongs to.
This parameter is case sensitive.
display_number
-
The number of display. Valid value from 1 to 10. The maximum display number is 4 on vCenter 6.0, 6.5 web UI.
enable_3D
boolean
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes
Enable 3D for guest operating systems on which VMware supports 3D.
folder
-
Destination folder, absolute or relative path to find an existing guest.
This is a required parameter, only if multiple VMs are found with same name.
The folder should include the datacenter. ESXi server's datacenter is ha-datacenter.
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
gather_video_facts
boolean
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
If set to True, return settings of the video card, other attributes are ignored.
If set to False, will do reconfiguration and return video card settings.
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.
memory_3D_mb
-
The value of 3D Memory must be power of 2 and valid value is from 32 MB to 2048 MB.
name
-
Name of the virtual machine.
This is a required parameter, if parameter uuid is not supplied.
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
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 Ansible 2.6.
renderer_3D
-
    Choices:
  • automatic
  • software
  • hardware
If set to automatic, selects the appropriate option (software or hardware) for this virtual machine automatically.
If set to software, uses normal CPU processing for 3D calculations.
If set to hardware, requires graphics hardware (GPU) for faster 3D calculations.
use_auto_detect
boolean
    Choices:
  • no
  • yes
If set to True, applies common video settings to the guest operating system, attributes display_number and video_memory_mb are ignored.
If set to False, the number of display and the total video memory will be reconfigured using display_number and video_memory_mb.
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
uuid
-
UUID of the instance to gather facts if known, this is VMware's unique identifier.
This is a required parameter, if parameter name is not supplied.
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.
video_memory_mb
-
Valid total MB of video memory range of virtual machine is from 1.172 MB to 256 MB on ESXi 6.7U1, from 1.172 MB to 128 MB on ESXi 6.7 and previous versions.
For specific guest OS, supported minimum and maximum video memory are different, please be careful on setting this.

Notes

Note

  • Tested on vSphere 6.0, 6.5 and 6.7

Examples

- name: Change video card settings of virtual machine
  vmware_guest_video:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ datacenter_name }}"
    validate_certs: no
    name: test-vm
    gather_video_facts: false
    use_auto_detect: false
    display_number: 2
    video_memory_mb: 8.0
    enable_3D: true
    renderer_3D: automatic
    memory_3D_mb: 512
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: video_facts

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
video_status
dictionary
always
metadata about the virtual machine's video card after managing them

Sample:
{'auto_detect': False, 'display_number': 2, 'enable_3D_support': True, 'memory_3D': 524288, 'renderer_3D': 'automatic', 'video_memory': 8192}


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