If you know the VimObjectType and MoRef of an object represented in the vCloud API, you can use that information to retrieve a URL that you can use to access the object with the vSphere Web Client.

Using the vSphere Web Client to examine an object vCloud Director uses can help a system administrator diagnose problems with resource consumption and allocation. To retrieve the vSphere URL of an object, you must construct a request URL in the following format.

API-URL/admin/extension/vimServer/id/vimObjType/vimObjMoref/vSphereWebClientUrl

API-URL is a URL of the form https://vcloud.example.com/api.

id is a unique identifier in the form of a UUID, as defined by RFC 4122. The vimServer object that has this id must be the one that hosts the object that vimObjType and vimObjMoref identify.

vimObjType is the vSphere object type, expressed as one of the following strings:

CLUSTER_COMPUTE_RESOURCE

DATASTORE

DATASTORE_CLUSTER

DV_PORTGROUP

DV_SWITCH

FOLDER

HOST

NETWORK

RESOURCE_POOL

STORAGE_PROFILE (available from vCenter 5.1 and later)

VIRTUAL_MACHINE

vimObjMoref is the vSphere managed object reference of the object, as returned by the vCloud API.

For an example request URL, see the request portion of Example: Retrieve the vSphere URL of a Resource Pool. All of the information you need to construct the URL is available when you retrieve the XML representation of any of the supported object types. See Example: Retrieve a Resource Pool Set, Example: Retrieve a List of Available Portgroups and Switches from a vCenter Server, and Example: Retrieve a List of Storage Profiles from a vCenter Server.

Note

See Mapping a vCloud Director Object to a vSphere Object for a list of vCloud Director objects and corresponding vSphere objects.

Verify that you are logged in to the vCloud API as a system administrator.

Verify that the vSphere Web Client URL is enabled for all vCenter servers from which you want to retrieve the vSphere URL of an object. You can manage this feature on the General tab of the vSphere Properties page of the vCloud Director Web console.

1

Retrieve the VimObjectType and MoRef elements of the object, and the VimServerRef element of the vSphere server that hosts the object.

2

Construct a request URL that includes the VimServerRef, VimObjectType, and MoRef elements.

You can use the value of the href attribute of the VimServerRef element as the vimServer/id part of the request URL.

3

Make a GET request to the URL you constructed in Step 2.

The response contains a URL you can use with the vSphere Web Client. See Example: Retrieve the vSphere URL of a Resource Pool.

This request retrieves the vSphere URL of one of the resource pools referenced in Example: Retrieve a Resource Pool Set.

Request:

GET https://vcloud.example.com/api/admin/extension/vimServer/9/RESOURCE_POOL/resgroup-195/vSphereWebClientUrl

Response:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<vmext:VSphereWebClientUrl
   xmlns:vmext="http://www.vmware.com/vcloud/extension/v1.5"
   ...>
   <vmext:URL>https://10.147.22.134:8443/vsphere-client/#extensionId=vsphere.core.sp.summary;...
   </vmext:URL>
</vmext:VSphereWebClientUrl>

Use the URL that the vmext:URL element contains to access the object with the vSphere Web Client. The URL is truncated in this example.