Managed Object - SearchIndex

Property of
ServiceContent
See also
Datacenter, ManagedEntity, VirtualMachine

Managed Object Description

The SearchIndex service allows a client to efficiently query the inventory for a specific managed entity by attributes such as UUID, IP address, DNS name, or datastore path. Such searches typically return a VirtualMachine or a HostSystem. While searching, only objects for which the user has sufficient privileges are considered. The findByInventoryPath and findChild operations only search on entities for which the user has view privileges; all other SearchIndex find operations only search virtual machines and hosts for which the user has read privileges. If the user does not have sufficient privileges for an object that matches the search criteria, that object is not returned.

Properties

Name Type Description
None

Methods

Methods defined in this Managed Object
FindByDatastorePath, FindByDnsName, FindByInventoryPath, FindByIp, FindByUuid, FindChild

FindByDatastorePath

Finds a virtual machine by its location on a datastore.
Required Privileges
System.View

Parameters

NameTypeDescription
_thisManagedObjectReference A reference to the SearchIndex used to make the method call.
datacenterManagedObjectReference
to a Datacenter
Specifies the datacenter to which the datastore path belongs.
pathxsd:string A datastore path to the .vmx file for the virtual machine.

Return Value

Type Description
ManagedObjectReference
to a VirtualMachine
The virtual machine that is found. If no virtual machine is found, null is returned. Only a single entity is returned, even if there are multiple matches.

Faults

Type Description
InvalidDatastoreThrown if a datastore has not been specified in the path or if the specified datastore does not exist on the specified datacenter.
RuntimeFaultThrown if any type of runtime fault is thrown that is not covered by the other faults; for example, a communication error.

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FindByDnsName

Finds a virtual machine or host by DNS name. The DNS name for a virtual machine is the one returned from VMware tools (@see vim.vm.GuestInfo#hostName).
Required Privileges
System.View

Parameters

NameTypeDescription
_thisManagedObjectReference A reference to the SearchIndex used to make the method call.
datacenter*ManagedObjectReference
to a Datacenter
If specified, restricts the query to entities in a particular datacenter. If not specified, the entire inventory is searched.
dnsNamexsd:string The fully qualified domain name to find.
vmSearchxsd:boolean if true, search for virtual machines, otherwise search for hosts.
*Need not be set

Return Value

Type Description
ManagedObjectReference
to a ManagedEntity
The virtual machine or host managed entity that is found. If no managed entities are found, null is returned. Only a single entity is returned, even if there are multiple matches.

Faults

Type Description
RuntimeFaultThrown if any type of runtime fault is thrown that is not covered by the other faults; for example, a communication error.

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FindByInventoryPath

Finds a managed entity based on its location in the inventory. The path is separated by slashes ('/'). For example, a path should be of the form "My Folder/My Datacenter/vm/Discovered VM/VM1". A leading slash or trailing slash is ignored. Thus, the following paths all represents the same object: "a/b", "/a/b", "a/b/", and '/a/b/'. Slashes in names must be represented using %2f, following the standard URL syntax. Any object in the inventory can be retrieved using this method, including resource pools and hosts.
Required Privileges
System.View

Parameters

NameTypeDescription
_thisManagedObjectReference A reference to the SearchIndex used to make the method call.
inventoryPathxsd:string The path to the entity.

Return Value

Type Description
ManagedObjectReference
to a ManagedEntity
The managed entity that is found. If no match is found, null is returned.

Faults

Type Description
RuntimeFaultThrown if any type of runtime fault is thrown that is not covered by the other faults; for example, a communication error.

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FindByIp

Finds a virtual machine or host by IP address, where the IP address is in dot- decimal notation. For example, 10.17.12.12. The IP address for a virtual machine is the one returned from VMware tools (@see vim.vm.GuestInfo.ipAddress).
Required Privileges
System.View

Parameters

NameTypeDescription
_thisManagedObjectReference A reference to the SearchIndex used to make the method call.
datacenter*ManagedObjectReference
to a Datacenter
If specified, restricts the query to entities in a particular datacenter. If not specified, the entire inventory is searched.
ipxsd:string The dot-decimal notation formatted IP address to find.
vmSearchxsd:boolean if true, search for virtual machines, otherwise search for hosts.
*Need not be set

Return Value

Type Description
ManagedObjectReference
to a ManagedEntity
The virtual machine or host managed entity that is found. If no managed entities are found, null is returned. Only a single entity is returned, even if there are multiple matches. If called directly on an ESX server with vmSearch set to false, returns the host managed entity if the address matches any of the Console OS IP addresses.

Faults

Type Description
RuntimeFaultThrown if any type of runtime fault is thrown that is not covered by the other faults; for example, a communication error.

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FindByUuid

Finds a virtual machine or host by UUID.
Required Privileges
System.View

Parameters

NameTypeDescription
_thisManagedObjectReference A reference to the SearchIndex used to make the method call.
datacenter*ManagedObjectReference
to a Datacenter
If specified, restricts the query to entities in a particular datacenter. If not specified, the entire inventory is searched.
uuidxsd:string The UUID to find.
vmSearchxsd:boolean If true, search for virtual machines, otherwise search for hosts.
*Need not be set

Return Value

Type Description
ManagedObjectReference
to a ManagedEntity
The virtual machine or host managed entity that is found. If no managed entities are found, null is returned. Only a single entity is returned, even if there are multiple matches.

Faults

Type Description
RuntimeFaultThrown if any type of runtime fault is thrown that is not covered by the other faults; for example, a communication error.

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FindChild

Finds a particular child based on a managed entity name. This only searches the immediate children of a managed entity. For a Datacenter, the host and vm folders are considered children. For a ComputeResource, the hosts and root ResourcePool are considered children.
Required Privileges
System.View

Parameters

NameTypeDescription
_thisManagedObjectReference A reference to the SearchIndex used to make the method call.
entityManagedObjectReference
to a ManagedEntity
A reference to a managed entity.
namexsd:string The name of the child object.

Return Value

Type Description
ManagedObjectReference
to a ManagedEntity
The managed entity that is found, or null if no match is found.

Faults

Type Description
RuntimeFaultThrown if any type of runtime fault is thrown that is not covered by the other faults; for example, a communication error.

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