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vmware_vswitch - Manage a VMware Standard Switch to an ESXi host.

New in version 2.0.

Synopsis

  • This module can be used to add, remove and update a VMware Standard Switch to an ESXi host.

Requirements

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

  • python >= 2.6
  • PyVmomi

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
esxi_hostname
(added in 2.5)
Manage the vSwitch using this ESXi host system.

aliases: host
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.
mtu Default:
1500
MTU to configure on vSwitch.
nics Default:
[]
A list of vmnic names or vmnic name to attach to vSwitch.
Alias nics is added in version 2.4.

aliases: nic_name
number_of_ports Default:
128
Number of port to configure on vSwitch.
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.
state
    Choices:
  • absent
  • present ←
Add or remove the switch.
switch
required
vSwitch name to add.
Alias switch is added in version 2.4.

aliases: switch_name
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.

Notes

Note

  • Tested on vSphere 5.5 and 6.5

Examples

- name: Add a VMware vSwitch
  vmware_vswitch:
    hostname: '{{ esxi_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ esxi_username }}'
    password: '{{ esxi_password }}'
    switch: vswitch_name
    nics: vmnic_name
    mtu: 9000
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Add a VMWare vSwitch without any physical NIC attached
  vmware_vswitch:
    hostname: '{{ esxi_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ esxi_username }}'
    password: '{{ esxi_password }}'
    switch: vswitch_0001
    mtu: 9000
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Add a VMWare vSwitch with multiple NICs
  vmware_vswitch:
    hostname: '{{ esxi_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ esxi_username }}'
    password: '{{ esxi_password }}'
    switch: vmware_vswitch_0004
    nics:
    - vmnic1
    - vmnic2
    mtu: 9000
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Add a VMware vSwitch to a specific host system
  vmware_vswitch:
    hostname: '{{ esxi_hostname }}'
    username: '{{ esxi_username }}'
    password: '{{ esxi_password }}'
    esxi_hostname: DC0_H0
    switch_name: vswitch_001
    nic_name: vmnic0
    mtu: 9000
  delegate_to: localhost

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
result
string
always
information about performed operation

Sample:
vSwitch 'vSwitch_1002' is created successfully


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)
  • Russell Teague (@mtnbikenc)
  • Abhijeet Kasurde (@Akasurde) <akasurde@redhat.com>

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