Failed to create a virtual machine : Cannot complete customization

Failed to create a virtual machine : Cannot complete customization

You are able to deploy new virtual machine from template and  customize settings via Ansible playbook.

To create this playbook I use Ansible module community.vmware.vmware_guest

I also  download a script for Configure Remoting For Ansible and add those to customization when new vm is deployed from template.

Source:

ConfigureRemotingForAnsible.ps1 >> LINK 

Ansible playbook >>  AnsibleCustomDeploy

 

Implementation Steps.

1.  Login to you template server in my case virtual machine  it’s call template2016.

2. Create folder C:\Windows\Temp\ and copy you script there ConfigureRemotingForAnsible.ps1

 

3. Shutdown your server and convert vm to template.

 

5. Create or download Ansible playbook

6. Run playbook.

 

7. I had some issues with error “Failed to create a virtual machine : Cannot complete customization.” 

So I start looking is Ansible documentation and I found  option wait_for_customization.

Lets add this to playbook and test.

 

8. Back on track so let’s run playbook again.

 

9. In meantime you can check on vCenter if templates start’s. Looks good.

10. Playbook will run for about 15-20min and you should see log like below.

 

11. I open the new virtual machine console when the customization was setting up..

 

12. After 5 min server was ready. I was logon and check the custom settings.

 

 

Below more examples with modules vmware_guest

 

- name: Create a VM from a template with memory reservation 
vmware_guest:
    hostname: 192.0.2.44
    username: administrator@vsphere.local
    password: vmware
    validate_certs: no
    folder: /testvms
    name: testvm_2
    state: poweredon
    template: template2016
    disk:
    - size_gb: 10
      type: thin
      datastore: g73_datastore
    hardware:
      memory_mb: 512
      num_cpus: 6
      num_cpu_cores_per_socket: 3
      scsi: paravirtual
      memory_reservation: 512
      memory_reservation_lock: True
      mem_limit: 8096
      mem_reservation: 4096
      cpu_limit: 8096
      cpu_reservation: 4096
      max_connections: 5
      hotadd_cpu: True
      hotremove_cpu: True
      hotadd_memory: False
    cdrom:
      type: iso
      iso_path: "[datastore1] livecd.iso"
    networks:
    - name: VM Network
      mac: aa:bb:dd:aa:00:14
    wait_for_ip_address: yes
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: deploy



Simple Create a VM template
- name: Create a VM template
  vmware_guest:
    hostname: 192.0.2.88
    username: administrator@vsphere.local
    password: vmware
    validate_certs: no
    datacenter: datacenter1
    cluster: vmware_cluster_esx
    resource_pool: highperformance_pool
    folder: /testvms
    name: testvm_6
    is_template: yes
    guest_id: debian6_64Guest
    disk:
    - size_gb: 10
      type: thin
      datastore: g73_datastore
    hardware:
      memory_mb: 512
      num_cpus: 1
      scsi: lsilogic
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: deploy




Rename a VM (requires the VM's uuid)
- name: Rename a VM (requires the VM's uuid)
  vmware_guest:
    hostname: 192.168.1.209
    username: administrator@vsphere.local
    password: vmware
    uuid: 421e4592-c069-924d-ce20-7e7533fab926
    name: new_name
    state: present
  delegate_to: localhost



Remove a VM by uuid
- name: Remove a VM by uuid
  vmware_guest:
    hostname: 192.168.1.209
    username: administrator@vsphere.local
    password: vmware
    uuid: 421e4592-c069-924d-ce20-7e7533fab926
    state: absent
  delegate_to: localhost

- name: Create a virtual machine from a template
  community.vmware.vmware_guest:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    validate_certs: no
    folder: /testvms
    name: testvm_2
    state: poweredon
    template: template_el7
    disk:
    - size_gb: 10
      type: thin
      datastore: g73_datastore
    # Add another disk from an existing VMDK
    - filename: "[datastore1] testvms/testvm_2_1/testvm_2_1.vmdk"
    hardware:
      memory_mb: 512
      num_cpus: 6
      num_cpu_cores_per_socket: 3
      scsi: paravirtual
      memory_reservation_lock: True
      mem_limit: 8096
      mem_reservation: 4096
      cpu_limit: 8096
      cpu_reservation: 4096
      max_connections: 5
      hotadd_cpu: True
      hotremove_cpu: True
      hotadd_memory: False
      version: 12 # Hardware version of virtual machine
      boot_firmware: "efi"
    cdrom:
        - controller_number: 0
          unit_number: 0
          state: present
          type: iso
          iso_path: "[datastore1] livecd.iso"
    networks:
    - name: VM Network
      mac: aa:bb:dd:aa:00:14
    wait_for_ip_address: yes
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: deploy


- name: Manipulate vApp properties
  community.vmware.vmware_guest:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    validate_certs: no
    name: vm_name
    state: present
    vapp_properties:
      - id: remoteIP
        category: Backup
        label: Backup server IP
        type: string
        value: 10.10.10.1
      - id: old_property
        operation: remove
  delegate_to: localhost


Set powerstate of a virtual machine to poweroff by using UUID
- name: Set powerstate of a virtual machine to poweroff by using UUID
  community.vmware.vmware_guest:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    validate_certs: no
    uuid: "{{ vm_uuid }}"
    state: poweredoff
  delegate_to: localhost


- name: Deploy a virtual machine in a datastore different from the datastore of the template
  community.vmware.vmware_guest:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    name: "{{ vm_name }}"
    state: present
    template: "{{ template_name }}"
    # Here datastore can be different which holds template
    datastore: "{{ virtual_machine_datastore }}"
    hardware:
      memory_mb: 512
      num_cpus: 2
      scsi: paravirtual
  delegate_to: localhost


- name: Create a diskless VM
  community.vmware.vmware_guest:
    validate_certs: False
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    datacenter: "{{ dc1 }}"
    state: poweredoff
    cluster: "{{ ccr1 }}"
    name: diskless_vm
    folder: /Asia-Datacenter1/vm
    guest_id: centos64Guest
    datastore: "{{ ds1 }}"
    hardware:
        memory_mb: 1024
        num_cpus: 2
        num_cpu_cores_per_socket: 1


- name: Create a VM with multiple disks of different disk controller types
  community.vmware.vmware_guest:
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    validate_certs: no
    folder: /DC1/vm/
    name: test_vm_multi_disks
    state: poweredoff
    guest_id: centos64Guest
    datastore: datastore1
    disk:
    - size_gb: 10
      controller_type: 'nvme'
      controller_number: 0
      unit_number: 0
    - size_gb: 10
      controller_type: 'paravirtual'
      controller_number: 0
      unit_number: 1
    - size_gb: 10
      controller_type: 'sata'
      controller_number: 0
      unit_number: 2
    hardware:
      memory_mb: 512
      num_cpus: 4
      version: 14
    networks:
    - name: VM Network
      device_type: vmxnet3
  delegate_to: localhost
  register: deploy_vm

- name: create new VMs and autoselect datastore
  vmware_guest:
    validate_certs: False
    hostname: "{{ vcenter_hostname }}"
    username: "{{ vcenter_username }}"
    password: "{{ vcenter_password }}"
    name: newvm_1
    #template: "{{ item|basename }}"
    guest_id: centos64Guest
    datacenter: "{{ dc1 }}"
    hardware:
        num_cpus: 1
        num_cpu_cores_per_socket: 1
        memory_mb: 256
        hotadd_memory: true
        hotadd_cpu: false
        max_connections: 10
    disk:
        - size: 1gb
          type: thin
          autoselect_datastore: True
    state: poweredoff
    folder: F0




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