Retrieving Historical Information About vCenter Managed Systems

You can retrieve information about events that occurred in vCenter before the managed system was added to vCommander.

Retrieving historical information can take a considerable amount of time to complete, especially on large managed systems (for example, a managed system that has thousands of VMs) because a large amount of data processing is occurring. In a typical environment of approximately 1,000 VMs, this task can take up to two hours to complete. However, the performance of vCommander and the managed system performance is not affected, because this activity runs in the background.

Historical information is based on two dates:

The first date (From) is the date furthest in the past for which historical event information is available for the managed system. You can enter any date into this field, provided that this date is before the managed system was added to vCommander and that it is before any date for which you have already retrieved historical event information.

The second date (To) is generated by the system. This date indicates either the date the managed system was added to vCommander or the earliest date for which you last retrieved historical events for this managed system.


To ensure that reports contain information for all VMs, we recommend that the period for which you retrieve historical events is long enough for vCommander to retrieve events for all VMs.

If you retrieve historical events, then purge your database and try to retrieve the historical events again, the task cannot be completed. vCommander does not support retrieving historical events that have been purged.

When you retrieve historical events, the information about VM lineage and creation is not updated in real time. To see accurate information for historical events, log out and log back into vCommander.

Information about historical events can appear in the following reports:

Offline VM Aging Costs Report

Offline VM Aging Savings Report

VM Inventory Report

VM Population Trending Report

VM Billing Report

VM Comparative Economics Report

Table: Historical Events Retrieved

For VMs:

For Hosts:

For Resource Pools:

VM Power On

Host Added

Resource Pool Created

VM Power Off

Host Connected

Resource Pool Destroyed

VM Cloned

Host Removed

Resource Pool Moved

VM Connected

Host Disconnected

Resource Pool Reconfigured

VM Created


Resource Pool Violated

VM Deployed



VM Disconnected



VM Discovered



VM Migrated



VM Relocated



VM Registered



VM Removed



VM Suspended



For VM Custom Fields:

Custom Field Value Changed



Custom Field Definition Removed



Retrieving historical events for vCenter

Access through:

Views menu > Operational or VMs and Templates

Available to:

Administrator Access Rights


Make sure that the clocks for the servers on which you are hosting a managed system and vCommander are synchronized so that all information for historical events is captured.

1.Select a vCenter managed system on the Operational or VMs and Templates tree.

2.Right-click and choose Retrieve Historical Events.

In the Retrieve Historical Events dialog, in the From field, enter any date (using calendar) before the To date.

The To date is either the date that the managed system was added to vCommander or the earliest date for which you have already requested historical event information.

For example, if you previously retrieved historical events for a date that went back three months before the managed system was added to vCommander, then the To date field displays that date.

3.Click OK to confirm.