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vmware_vm_facts - Return basic facts pertaining to a vSphere virtual machine guest

New in version 2.0.

Synopsis

  • Return basic facts pertaining to a vSphere 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
str
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 supported added in version 2.6.
password
str
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 supported added in version 2.6.

aliases: pass, pwd
port
int

(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 supported added in version 2.6.
username
str
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 supported added in version 2.6.

aliases: admin, user
validate_certs
bool
    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 supported added in version 2.6.
If set to yes, please make sure Python >= 2.7.9 is installed on the given machine.
vm_type
(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 vSphere 5.5 and vSphere 6.5

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

Return Values

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

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

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


Status

This module is flagged as preview which means that it is not guaranteed to have a backwards compatible interface.

Maintenance

This module is flagged as community which means that it is maintained by the Ansible Community. See Module Maintenance & Support for more info.

For a list of other modules that are also maintained by the Ansible Community, see here.

Author

  • Joseph Callen (@jcpowermac)
  • Abhijeet Kasurde (@Akasurde)

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