vmware_vswitch_facts – Gathers facts about an ESXi host’s vswitch configurations

New in version 2.6.

Synopsis

  • This module can be used to gather facts about an ESXi host’s vswitch configurations when ESXi hostname or Cluster name is given.
  • The vSphere Client shows the value for the number of ports as elastic from vSphere 5.5 and above.
  • Other tools like esxcli might show the number of ports as 1536 or 5632.
  • See https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2064511 for more details.

Requirements

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

  • python >= 2.6
  • PyVmomi

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
cluster_name
-
Name of the cluster.
Facts about vswitch belonging to every ESXi host systems under this cluster will be returned.
If esxi_hostname is not given, this parameter is required.
esxi_hostname
-
ESXi hostname to gather facts from.
If cluster_name is not given, this parameter is required.
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.
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.

Notes

Note

  • Tested on vSphere 6.5

Examples

- name: Gather vswitch facts about all ESXi Host in given Cluster
  vmware_vswitch_facts:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    cluster_name: '{{ cluster_name }}'
    delegate_to: localhost
  register: all_hosts_vswitch_facts

- name: Gather firewall facts about ESXi Host
  vmware_vswitch_facts:
    hostname: '{{ vcenter_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ vcenter_username }}'
    password: '{{ vcenter_password }}'
    esxi_hostname: '{{ esxi_hostname }}'
    delegate_to: localhost
  register: all_vswitch_facts

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
hosts_vswitch_facts
dictionary
on success
metadata about host's vswitch configuration

Sample:
{'10.76.33.218': {'vSwitch0': {'mtu': 1500, 'num_ports': 128, 'pnics': ['vmnic0']}, 'vSwitch_0011': {'mtu': 1500, 'num_ports': 128, 'pnics': ['vmnic2', 'vmnic1']}}}


Status

Authors

  • Abhijeet Kasurde (@Akasurde)

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