With Advanced search, you can search for managed objects that meet multiple criteria.

For example, you can search for virtual machines whose name contains a particular string that reside on a particular host.


  1. From the vSphere Web Client Home, click New Search and then click Advanced Search.
  2. Select the type of object to search for from the Search for drop-down menu.
  3. Select how to combine the search criteria.




    The search returns results that match any of the specified criteria.


    The search returns only results that match all of the specified criteria.

  4. Select a property to search for from the drop-down menu.

    The properties available depend on the type of object you are searching for.

  5. Select the relationship between the search term and the property from the drop-down menu.

    The options available in this step depend on the property selected in the previous step. For example, if you select a Name property, the options available are contains, is, and is not.

  6. Type or select the search term.
  7. (Optional) To add additional search criteria, click Add new criteria and repeat 4 to 6.
  8. (Optional) To add an additional search, click Add another object type and repeat 2 to 7.
  9. Click Search.

    Search results are displayed in the details pane and in the navigator.

  10. (Optional) Click any item in the navigator to see its details without leaving the context of the search.
  11. (Optional) Double-click any item in the details pane to display that item in the inventory.