The Containment dialog box displays information about an element’s containment in tabular format. It provides information and components for a selected element. For example, for a selected port or interface, the Network Adapters tab displays its status, mode, current utilization, and the name of a peer network adapter.


Containment is not available for user-defined groups and services.

Several methods exist to display a Containment dialog box. For example, you can display containment information in either a dialog box or a view. To do so, you can:

  • From the map tree, select an instance in the map tree, right-click and select Containment in the shortcut menu.

  • In a map, right-click a node and select Containment in the shortcut menu. For a normal (status color green) node, double-click it to display the dialog box.

  • From Find Instance or Find System dialog boxes, click Containment.

  • In the Event menu or the shortcut menu, right-click a selected notification and select Containment in the menu.

  • In the shortcut menu of the Topology Browser Console, right-click a selected element in the tree and select Containment in the menu.

  • Add a Containment view using View > Add View. This view is context-sensitive, and can show containment information for the currently selected element in a different view in the same console, for example, if you select a notification in a Notification View in the same console.


    If the server takes a significant amount of time to respond to a containment request, the Containment window displays the Getting data from ... message until the server returns the data. During this time, you can perform additional console operations.

    In the Containment dialog box, information is organized using tabs. Each tab consists of a table. Depending upon the type of element and the type of analysis being performed by the underlying domain, different information is available.

    For example, if VMware Smart Assurance IP Performance Manager is enabled on the underlying Domain Manager, then tabs for memory, processor, and environment display. If IP Performance Manager is not enabled, the tabs do not display or specific columns such as CurrentUtilization appear blank.

    The following buttons are available: Refresh, Browse, Save Table, and Close. The Save Table button saves the contents of a selected tab locally as a text file. (“Saving audit log and containment information” on page 142 includes additional information.)