Customizing the Commander Display

In this topic:

Adding, removing, or rearranging table columns

To add and remove columns, and to move the position of columns in tables:

  1. Place the cursor anywhere on the table, right-click and choose Pick Columns as shown below.

    Pick Columns

  2. In the Column Selection dialog, use the middle buttons to add and remove columns, or to change the position of the columns in a table, then click OK.

    Column Selection

    To restore the default view, right-click the table and choose Reset Columns.

    For a list of all supported properties, see Properties Reference.

Choosing categories of VM columns to display

Commander includes several predefined sets of columns for VMs.

To see the available column sets, select the Virtual Machines tab and click the Column Set menu.

The example below shows the column sets available fro the Virtual Machines Tab.


Displaying properties

Properties and attributes can be displayed for VMs, virtual services, resource pools, hosts, clusters, datacenters, folders, and managed systems. Not all properties apply to all managed system types (for example, vCenter or SCVMM). For a list of all supported properties, see Properties Reference.

Click Pick Properties to display the Property Selection dialog and choose the properties you want to see or rearrange their display order.

The following figure shows the available VM properties.


Displaying VM and virtual service commands

All commands available for VMs and virtual services can be displayed in the Commands pane of the Summary tab.

If your user role doesn't allow you to perform certain functions in Commander, any commands related to those functions won't appear in the Commands pane, even if you have selected them in the Commands Selection pane. For example, if you have an Auditor role, you can pick all commands for display, but only a subset of those commands that are associated with an Auditor role are available for you to use.

Click Pick Commands in the Commands pane to choose the commands you want to see or rearrange their display order.


Changing the default number of items in lists

Access through:

Configuration menu > Preferences > List Preferences pane

Available to:

All Roles

If you have a large cloud infrastructure with many items such as VMs that are displayed in lists in Commander, or if you prefer to have more or fewer items in a list, change the default number of items that can appear in a list. The default is 20.

Most lists provide Quick Search, making it easy to quickly filter a long list. You can also override the global preference for default list size for some individual lists, but the override applies only to your current session.

  1. In the List Preferences pane, select the default number of items to appear in a list from Default list size.
  2. Click Save Settings.

Selecting your default landing page

To set your preference for the landing page that Commander opens to when you log in, click Configuration > Preferences and in the Landing Page pane, select the landing page that you want from the menu. Click Save Settings.

Disabling auto-refresh for large environments

Access through:

Configuration menu > Preferences

Available to:

All Roles

If you have a large cloud infrastructure with a lot of activity taking place, you should disable the auto-refresh feature. Although this option allows Commander to automatically update the lists of VMs and datastores in the Infrastructure, Applications, and Storage views, with a large infrastructure, auto-refresh will affect Commander performance. Therefore, in this scenario, auto-refresh should be disabled.

When auto-refresh is disabled, Commander also won't automatically refresh lists while you're working on them. For example, you'll have time to select multiple items on a list and to carry out commands on that list. However, if auto-refresh is enabled, the items you selected may be cleared before you can carry out any commands.

By default, auto-refesh is disabled.

  1. In the List Preferences pane, enable the Disable auto-refresh check box.


  2. Click Save Settings.