Using advanced search allows you to search for managed objects that meet multiple criteria. For example, you can search for virtual machines matching a particular search string which reside on hosts whose names match a second search string.


  • Open a vSphere Client session to a vCenter Server system


  1. In the vSphere Client, select View > Inventory > Search to display the advanced search page.
  2. Click the icon in the search text box and select the type of object you want to search for.
  3. Type one or more search terms into the search text box.
  4. (Optional) Refine the search based on additional properties.
    1. Click Show options.
    2. From the drop-down menu, select the additional property that you want to use to restrict the search results. The available properties depend on the type of object you are searching for.
    3. Select or type the appropriate options for the property you have selected.
    4. To add more properties, click Add and repeat steps a through c.
      An advanced search always finds objects that match all the properties in the list.
  5. Click Search.
    The search results are displayed below the search specification.