A simple search searches all the properties of the specified type or types of objects for the entered search term.


  1. Click the icon in the search field at the top right of the vSphere Client window and select the type of inventory item to search for.
    • Virtual Machines
    • Hosts
    • Folders
    • Datastores
    • Networks
    • Inventory, which finds matches to the search criteria in any of the available managed object types.
  2. Type one or more search terms into the search field and press Enter.
  3. (Optional) If more items are found than can be displayed in the results pane, click Show all.

What to do next

If you are not satisfied with the results of the simple search, perform an advanced search.