vSphere Plugin


The vSphere plugin allows users to use a vSphere based infrastructure for deploying services and applications.

This page relates to a commercial add-on to Cloudify which is not open source. If you’d like to give it a test drive contact us using the feedback button on the right. The vSphere plugin.yaml configuration file can be found in this link.

Plugin Requirements:

  • Python Versions:
    • 2.7.x



Each type has property connection_config. It can be used to pass parameters for authenticating. Overriding of this property is not required, and by default the authentication will take place with the same credentials that were used for the Cloudify bootstrap process.


Derived From: cloudify.nodes.Compute


  • server key-value server configuration.
    • name server name.
    • template virtual machine template from which server will be spawned. For more information, see the Misc section - Virtual machine template.
    • cpus number of cpus.
    • memory amount of RAM, in MB.
  • networking key-value server networking configuration.
    • domain the fully qualified domain name.
    • dns_servers list of DNS servers.
    • connected_networks list of existing networks to which server will be connected, described as key-value objects. Network will be described as:
      • name network name.
      • management signifies if it’s a management network (false by default). Only one connected network can be management.
      • external signifies if it’s an external network (false by default). Only one connected network can be external.
      • switch_distributed signifies if network is connected to a distributed switch (false by default).
      • use_dhcp use DHCP to obtain an ip address (true by default).
      • network network cidr (for example, It will be used by the plugin only when use_dhcp is false.
      • gateway network gateway ip. It will be used by the plugin only when use_dhcp is false.
      • ip server ip address. It will be used by the plugin only when use_dhcp is false.
  • connection_config key-value authentication configuration. If not specified, values that were used for Cloudify bootstrap process will be used.
    • username vSphere username.
    • password user password.
    • url vSphere url.
    • port port which vCenter Server system uses to monitor data transfer from SDK clients (443 by default).
    • datacenter_name datacenter name.
    • resource_pool_name name of a network resource pool.
    • auto_placement signifies if server is to be automatically placed on a host (false by default).


Derived From: cloudify.nodes.Network


  • network key-value network configuration.
    • name network name
    • vlan_id VLAN identifier which will be assigne to the network.
    • vswitch_name vswitch name to which the network will be connected
  • connection_config key-value authentication configuration. Same as for cloudify.vsphere.server type.


Derived From: cloudify.nodes.Volume


  • storage key-value storage disk configuration.
    • storage_size disk size in GB.
  • connection_config key-value authentication configuration. Same as for cloudify.vsphere.server type.


Example I

This example will show how to use all of the types in this plugin.

The following is an excerpt from the blueprint’s blueprint.node_templates section:

type: cloudify.vsphere.nodes.server
        domain: example.com
        dns_servers: ['']
                name: example_management_network
                management: true
                switch_distributed: false
                use_dhcp: true
                name: example_external_network
                external: true
                switch_distributed: true
                use_dhcp: false
                name: example_other_network
                switch_distributed: true
                use_dhcp: true
        name: example_server
        template: example_server_template
        cpus: 1
        memory: 512

type: cloudify.vsphere.nodes.network
        name: example_network
        vlan_id: 1
        vswitch_name: example_vswitch

type: cloudify.vsphere.nodes.storage
        storage_size: 1
        - target: example_server
          type: cloudify.vsphere.storage_connected_to_server

Node by node explanation:

  1. Creates a server. In the server ‘networking’ property we spefied desired domain name as ‘example.com’, additional DNS server, and three existing networks we want to connect to: example_management_network, example_external_network and example_other_network. In the ‘server’ property we specified server name as example_server, vm template name as example_server_template, number of cpus as 1, and RAM as 512 MB.

  2. Creates a network. We specified network name as example_network, network VLAN id as 1, and an existing vswitch name we want to connect to as example_vswitch.

  3. Creates a storage. We specified desired storage size as 1 GB and wish to add this storage to example_server vm.


Virtual machine template

Template should have:

  • root disk with OS, SSH server and vSphere Tools installed.
  • user account, with manager and agent SSH keys in authorized_hosts.

Template should not have:

  • any network interfaces connected.

Resources prefix support

This plugin supports transformation of resource names according to the resources prefix feature. For more information on this feature, visit the CLI guide.