One of the features of managing your virtual infrastructure with vSphere is viewing relationships between inventory objects.

You can view the relationships between inventory objects relationships in the following ways:

Using the Maps feature

Shows the inventory object relationships in graphical form.

Clicking an object in the inventory

Provides a list of tabbed content that lists related objects.

For example, a datastore has a virtual machine tab that lists the virtual machines that use the datastore. There is also a host tab that list the hosts that can access the datastore.

Selecting Hosts and Clusters from the Home page

Provides a view of the set of virtual machines that run on a particular host, cluster, or resource pool. Each object has a tab that displays all the virtual machines associated or contained within it.

When you view the hosts and clusters page, virtual machine folders are not displayed. Because virtual machine names are unique within virtual machine folders, you might see more than one virtual machine with the same name. To view virtual machines as they are arranged in the folder hierarchy, use the VMs and Templates view.

Selecting VMs and Templates from the Home page

Displays all virtual machines and templates. Through this view you can organize virtual machines into folder hierarchies.

Selecting Datastores from the Home page

Displays all datastores in the datacenter. Through this view you can organize datastores into arbitrary folder hierarchies.

Selecting Networking objects from the Home page

Displays all abstract network devices, called vSwitches and vNetwork Distributed Switches. Through this view you can organize networking devices into arbitrary folder hierarchies.