Using advanced search allows you to search for managed objects that meet multiple criteria.

For example, you can search for virtual machines matching a search string. The virtual machines reside on hosts whose names match a second search string.

1

Select View > Inventory > Search to display the advanced search page.

2

Click the icon in the search field at the top right of the vSphere Client window and select the type of inventory item to search for.

Virtual Machines

Folders

Hosts

Datastores

Networks

Inventory, which finds matches to the search criteria in any of the available managed object types.

3

Type one or more search terms into the search box.

4

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 Step 4b through Step 4c.

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

5

Click Search.

The search results appear below the search specification.