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Developing and writing custom Ansible Python module Part 2

This is a second part of Developing and writing Ansible Python custom module for VMware pyvmomi example. In this example I have extended writing python module for VMware ansible to get more information from vCenter server from one single python ansible module script. 

Download this custom ansible module for vCenter example here or it is also available

In this module it can get information regarding ESXi servers, VMs and it gets the list and configures SCSI adapter on VMs. Below is one of the module example to get inventory Virtual Machines list from vCenter Server.

#!/usr/bin/env python3

module: custom_vm_info
short_description: Retrieve information about virtual machines from vCenter inventory

from ansible.module_utils.basic import AnsibleModule
from pyVim.connect import SmartConnect, Disconnect
from pyVmomi import vim
import ssl

def main():
    module = AnsibleModule(
            vcenter_host=dict(type='str', required=True),
            vcenter_user=dict(type='str', required=True),
            vcenter_password=dict(type='str', required=True, no_log=True),
            vm_name=dict(type='str', default=None)
    vcenter_host = module.params['vcenter_host']
    vcenter_user = module.params['vcenter_user']
    vcenter_password = module.params['vcenter_password']
    vm_name = module.params['vm_name']
    s = ssl.SSLContext(ssl.PROTOCOL_SSLv23)
    s.verify_mode = ssl.CERT_NONE
        si = SmartConnect(host=vcenter_host, user=vcenter_user, pwd=vcenter_password, sslContext=s)
        content = si.content
        if vm_name is None:
            vms = get_all_objs(content, [vim.VirtualMachine])
            vm_list = []
            for vm in vms:
                vm_info = get_vm_info(vm)
            response = {'virtual_machines': vm_list}
            module.exit_json(changed=False, meta=response)
            vm = get_vm_by_name(content, vm_name)
            if vm:
                vm_info = get_vm_info(vm)
                module.exit_json(changed=False, meta=vm_info)
                module.fail_json(msg=f"Virtual machine '{vm_name}' not found.")
    except Exception as e:

def get_all_objs(content, vimtype):
    obj = {}
    container = content.viewManager.CreateContainerView(content.rootFolder, vimtype, True)
    for managed_object_ref in container.view:
    return obj

def get_vm_by_name(content, vm_name):
    container = content.viewManager.CreateContainerView(content.rootFolder, [vim.VirtualMachine], True)
    for vm in container.view:
        if == vm_name:
            return vm
    return None

def get_vm_info(vm):
    return {
        'id': vm._moId,
        'power_state': vm.runtime.powerState,
        'connection_state': vm.runtime.connectionState,
        'guest_fullname': vm.config.guestFullName,
        'num_cpus': vm.config.hardware.numCPU,
        'memory_size_mb': vm.config.hardware.memoryMB,
        'esxi_host': get_vm_esxi_host(vm),
        'cluster': get_vm_cluster(vm),
        'datastore': get_vm_datastore(vm),
        'folder': get_vm_folder(vm),
        'ip_addresses': get_vm_ip_addresses(vm)

def get_vm_esxi_host(vm):
    return None

def get_vm_cluster(vm):
    if vm.resourcePool:
    return None

def get_vm_datastore(vm):
    if vm.datastore:
        return vm.datastore[0].name
    return None

def get_vm_folder(vm):
    if vm.parent:
    return None

def get_vm_ip_addresses(vm):
    ip_addresses = []
    if vm.guest and
        for net in
            if net.ipAddress:
    return ip_addresses

if __name__ == "__main__":

VMware ansible get information list scsiadapter set scsiadapter information pyvmomi python py custom module information.png

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