Using advanced search allows you to search for managed objects that meet multiple criteria. For example, you can search for virtual machines matching a particular search string which reside on hosts whose names match a second search string.

Open a vSphere Client session to a vCenter Server system

1

In the vSphere Client, select View > Inventory > Search to display the advanced search page.

2

Click the icon in the search text box and select the type of object you want to search for.

3

Type one or more search terms into the search text box.

4

(Optional) Refine the search based on additional properties.

a

Click Show options.

b

From the drop-down menu, select the additional property that you want to use to restrict the search results. The available properties depend on the type of object you are searching for.

c

Select or type the appropriate options for the property you have selected.

d

To add more properties, click Add and repeat steps a through c.

An advanced search always finds objects that match all the properties in the list.

5

Click Search.

The search results are displayed below the search specification.