You can search for objects using various criteria throughout the NSX-T Data Center inventory.

The search results are sorted by relevance and you can filter these results based on your search query.

Note: If you have special characters in your search query that also function as operators, then you must add a leading backslash. The characters that function as operators are: +, -, =, &&, ||, <, >, !, (, ), {, }, [, ], ^, '', ~, ?, :, /, \.


  1. With admin privileges, log in to NSX Manager.
  2. On the homepage, enter a search pattern for an object or object type.

    You can also select a recent query or a search query that you saved.

    As you enter a search pattern, the search feature provides assistance by showing the applicable keywords.
    Search Search Query
    Objects with Logical as the name or property Logical
    Exact logical switch name display_name:LSP-301
    Names with special characters such as, ! Logical\!
    All the related search results are listed and grouped by resource type in different tabs.

    You can click the tabs for specific search results for a resource type.

  3. (Optional) In the search bar, click the save icon to save your refined search criteria.
  4. In the search bar, click the Advanced search icon in NSX-T icon to open the advanced search column where you can refine your search.
  5. Specify one or more criteria to refine your search.
    • Name
    • Resource Type
    • Description
    • ID
    • Created by
    • Modified by
    • Tags
    • Creation Date
    • Modified Date

    You can also view your recent search results and saved search criteria.

  6. (Optional) Click Clear All to reset your advanced search criteria.