Tasks represent system activities that do not complete immediately, such as migrating a virtual machine. For example, powering off a virtual machine is a task. You can perform this task manually every evening, or you can set up a scheduled task to power off the virtual machine every evening .

You can view tasks that are associated with a single object or all objects in the vSphere Client. By default, the tasks list for an object also includes tasks performed on its child objects. You can filter the list by removing tasks performed on child objects and by using keywords to search for tasks.

If you are logged in to a vCenter Server system that is part of a Connected Group, a column in the task list displays the name of the vCenter Server system on which the task was performed.


  1. Navigate to an object in the inventory.
  2. Click the Monitor tab, then click Tasks.
    The task list contains tasks performed on the object and detailed information, such as target, task status, initiator, and start/completion time of the task.
  3. (Optional) To view related events for a task, select the task in the list.