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Version information

  • 0.5.0 (latest)
  • 0.0.1
released Apr 21st 2015

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Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'vmware-vshield', '0.5.0'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add vmware-vshield
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install vmware-vshield --version 0.5.0

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Tags: vmware, vshield


vmware/vshield — version 0.5.0 Apr 21st 2015

VMware vShield module

This module manages resources in VMware vCloud Network and Security 5.1 (vCNS), i.e. vShield.


VMware vCloud Network and Security is deployed via a virtual appliance. The module is able to attach vCNS to a vCenter and manages vCNS 5.1 resources via vShield API through REST.

+------------+         +--------+
|            | vSphere |  vCSA  | <-
|   Puppet   | +-----> +--------+  |
| Management |                     | register
|    Host    | vShield +--------+  |
|            | +-----> |  vCNS  | --
+------------+         +--------+


$ puppet module install vmware/vshield


Two transport connection is required for managing vShield resources, since vShield is dependent on a vCenter:

transport { 'vshield':
  username => 'admin',
  password => 'default',
  server   => 'vshield.lab'

transport { 'vcenter':
  username => 'root',
  password => 'vmware',
  server   => 'vcenter.lab',
  options  => { 'insecure' => true, },

Establishing connection to vCenter is specified by vshield_global_config:

vshield_global_config { 'vshield.lab'
  vc_info   => {
    ip_address => 'vcenter.lab',
    user_name  => 'root',
    password   => 'vmware',
  time_info => { 'ntp_server' => '', }
  dns_info  => { 'primary_dns' => '' },
  transport => Transport['vshield'],

The vCenter transport server attribute must match vshield_global_config[vc_info][ip_address] returned by the vShield API. Connectivity to vCenter is necessary to translate resource (such as a datacenter, esx host, or folder name) to vSphere Managed Object Reference (MoRef) required by the vShield API.

vshield_edge can be deployed to compute resource in a datacenter:

vshield_edge { 'vshield.lab:edge_dmz':
  ensure           => present,
  datacenter_name  => 'datacenter_1',
  compute          => 'cluster_dmz_1',
  enable_aesni     => false,
  enable_fips      => false,
  enable_tcp_loose => false,
  vse_log_level    => 'info',
  fqdn             => "edge.dmz.lab",
  transport        => Transport['vshield'],

See tests folder for additional examples.