Searching with the Complete Filter Set

This topic covers searching with Tools > Search.

Using the complete filter set, you can search for such things as:

host, cluster, datastore, and application information

events (including events that occurred more than 30 days ago, which are not displayed in the Events tab)

information about VMs that includes applications, hot fixes, guest operating system details, and services

Use the complete filter set to learn more about your virtualized environment. For example, search for:

hosts with low resources

datastore capacity issues, such as the amount of free capacity, the number of VMs out of inventory, and search for the last datastore scan

VMs based on the datastore on which they reside and the type of datastore

VMs based on the host on which they reside

events on a specific infrastructure element, such as a host to determine why its speed slowed down and what resource changes took place

unexpected events, such as failed datastore scans and guest operating system scans

specific VMs with specific applications, or search for all instances of application

clusters that do not have DRS and HA enabled or are near- or over-capacity based on CPU, memory or storage

service requests that have not been fulfilled within a certain number of days

You have the option of:

saving the search parameters you select under a name of your choosing so that you can easily run the same search again

scheduling your saved search so that it runs automatically

using a search previously created by you or someone else and then renaming it as another saved search

using one of the many public searches

Using the complete filter set

Access through:

Tools > Search

Available to:

All Access Rights Levels

To search using the complete filter set:

1.From the Tools menu, click Search.

2.Select the type of item (Applications, Clusters, Datastores, Events, Hosts, Service Requests, VMs or virtual services) from the selector.

3.(Optional) To select where to search, click vm-16x16 and select the location from the tree.

4.Select filters as shown in Filtering Your View of Tables. To learn more about the filters, see Properties Reference.

NotePencil-smallWhen you add multiple filters to a search, vCommander uses an AND search, not an OR search. For example, if you search for VMs where the Power State is "Running" and the Power State is "Not Running", the search will return no results, because a single VM cannot have two power states. To search for two power states (or for any other property that would require an OR search), use two separate searches.
NotePencil-smallBecause properties can differ by managed system type, the values you can specify for a property in search filters may differ from the displayed values for that property. For example, when searching, the Host property Migration has two selectable values: Yes and No. In the search results (as well as in the Details pane and lists), the value for this property is displayed as either "VMotion is Enabled/Disabled" (for vCenter) or "Live Migration is Enabled/Disabled" (for SCVMM).

For information about date filters, see Using Date Filters for Reporting and Searching.

For VMs, when you select Guest OS Details, you have the choice of selecting Application, Hot Fixes, OS Details or Services and then another set of secondary filters becomes available. The example in the following figure shows Applications selected from the list of filters, with contain selected from the search filter drop-down menu and two other secondary filters selected, in this case Name and Install Date. In addition, Power State was selected as the second main filter.

NotePencil-smallYou can use search criteria to find all applications with versions that include whole numbers and sub-versions up to one decimal place. For example, this means that if you attempt to search for application versions that are greater than 1.1 (Version > 1.1), the results do not include version numbers that contain 1.1.1, 1.1.2, and so on.
Search tab

5.Click Search.

The results of your search are displayed under a separate Results tab. You can:

save your search by clicking Save Search, entering the name of your search in the Save Search dialog, and clicking OK (see also Running and Scheduling Saved Searches)

edit your search criteria displayed in a Results tab by clicking View Query

export your search results to CSV format

You can also display different columns to view different types of information (see Customizing the vCommander Display).