Advanced Searches

You can perform advanced searches, which use the complete filter set, to search for specific items of interest. For example, you can search for such things as:

  • Host, cluster, and datastore information.
  • Events —including events that occurred more than 30 days ago, which aren't displayed in the Events tab.
  • Information about VMs that include guest operating system details.
  • Costs for a given period or shared cost allocations.

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. See Run and Schedule Saved Searches.
  • Scheduling your saved search so that it runs automatically. See Schedule Tasks.
  • Using a search previously created by you or someone else and then renaming it as another saved search.
  • Using a public searches.

Perform an advanced search

Access through:

Tools > Search

Available to:

All Access Rights Levels

To perform advanced searches using the complete filter set:

  1. Select the type of item that you want to search for:
    • Clusters
    • Datastores
    • Databases
    • Events
    • Hosts
    • Service Requests
    • VMs
    • Virtual Services
  2. Optional: To select where to search, click and select the location from the tree.
  3. Select filters as shown in Search table information with filters. To learn more about the filters, see Properties Reference.


    • When you add multiple filters to a search, Commander 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 not return any results because a single VM can't 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.
    • Because properties can differ by cloud account 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 section 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).
  4. Click Search.

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

    Tip: You can also display different columns to view different types of information. For more information, see Add, remove, or rearrange table columns.