vmware_vm_facts – Return basic facts pertaining to a VMware machine guest

New in version 2.0.

Synopsis

  • Return basic facts pertaining to a vSphere or ESXi virtual machine guest.
  • Cluster name as fact is added in version 2.7.

Requirements

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

  • python >= 2.6
  • PyVmomi

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
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
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.
show_attribute
boolean
added in 2.8
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Attributes related to VM guest shown in facts only when this is set 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
added in 2.5
    Choices:
  • all ←
  • vm
  • template
If set to vm, then facts are gathered for virtual machines only.
If set to template, then facts are gathered for virtual machine templates only.
If set to all, then facts 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, facts are returned as list of dict instead of dict.

Examples

- name: Gather all registered virtual machines
  vmware_vm_facts:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: vmfacts

- debug:
    var: vmfacts.virtual_machines

- name: Gather only registered virtual machine templates
  vmware_vm_facts:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    vm_type: template
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: template_facts

- debug:
    var: template_facts.virtual_machines

- name: Gather only registered virtual machines
  vmware_vm_facts:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    vm_type: vm
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: vm_facts

- debug:
    var: vm_facts.virtual_machines

- name: Get UUID from given VM Name
  vmware_vm_facts:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    vm_type: vm
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: vm_facts

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

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
virtual_machines
list
success
list of dictionary of virtual machines and their facts

Sample:
[{'guest_name': 'ubuntu_t', 'cluster': None, 'esxi_hostname': '10.76.33.226', 'guest_fullname': 'Ubuntu Linux (64-bit)', 'ip_address': '', 'mac_address': ['00:50:56:87:a5:9a'], 'power_state': 'poweredOff', 'uuid': '4207072c-edd8-3bd5-64dc-903fd3a0db04', 'vm_network': {'00:50:56:87:a5:9a': {'ipv4': ['10.76.33.228'], 'ipv6': []}}, 'attributes': {'job': 'backup-prepare'}}]


Status

Authors

  • Joseph Callen (@jcpowermac)
  • Abhijeet Kasurde (@Akasurde)
  • Fedor Vompe (@sumkincpp)

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