Scripting Object - VcNetwork

Scripting-object corresponding to
Attribute of
_VcPlugin, VcClusterComputeResource, VcComputeResource, VcDatacenter, VcHostSystem, VcIpPoolAssociation, VcNetworkEventArgument, VcNetworkSummary, VcOvfNetworkMapping, VcSdkConnection, VcVAppCloneSpecNetworkMappingPair, VcVirtualApp, VcVirtualEthernetCardNetworkBackingInfo, VcVirtualMachine
Returned by
getAllNetworks, getAllNetworks

Scripting Object Description

Represents a network accessible by either hosts or virtual machines. This can be a physical network or a logical network, such as a VLAN.

Networks are created:


Name Type Description

Whether alarm actions are enabled for this entity. True if enabled; false otherwise.
availableField*VcCustomFieldDef []

List of custom field definitions that are valid for the object's type. The fields are sorted by VcCustomFieldDef.
configIssue*VcEvent []

Current configuration issues that have been detected for this entity. Typically, these issues have already been logged as events. The entity stores these events as long as they are still current. The VcManagedEntity property provides an overall status based on these events.

The configStatus indicates whether or not the system has detected a configuration issue involving this entity. For example, it might have detected a duplicate IP address or MAC address, or a host in a cluster might be out of compliance. The meanings of the configStatus values are:
  • red: A problem has been detected involving the entity.
  • yellow: A problem is about to occur or a transient condition has occurred (For example, reconfigure fail-over policy).
  • green: No configuration issues have been detected.
  • gray: The configuration status of the entity is not being monitored.
A green status indicates only that a problem has not been detected; it is not a guarantee that the entity is problem-free.

The VcManagedEntity property contains a list of the problems that have been detected.

customValue*VcCustomFieldValue []

Custom field values.
declaredAlarmState*VcAlarmState []

A set of alarm states for alarms that apply to this managed entity. The set includes alarms defined on this entity and alarms inherited from the parent entity, or from any ancestors in the inventory hierarchy.

Alarms are inherited if they can be triggered by this entity or its descendants. This set does not include alarms that are defined on descendants of this entity.

disabledMethod*string []

List of operations that are disabled, given the current runtime state of the entity. For example, a power-on operation always fails if a virtual machine is already powered on. This list can be used by clients to enable or disable operations in a graphical user interface.

Note: This list is determined by the current runtime state of an entity, not by its permissions.

This list may include the following operations for a HostSystem:

This list may include the following operations for a VirtualMachine:

This list may include the following operations for a ResourcePool:

This list may include the following operations for a VirtualApp:

effectiveRole*number []

Access rights the current session has to this entity.
host*VcHostSystem []

Hosts attached to this network.

returns the id of this ManagedObject

Name of this network.

General health of this managed entity. The value combines the status of all the alarms attached to a managed entity.

If any of the alarms has a gray status, the overall status of the managed entity is gray. Otherwise, if any of the alarms has a red status, the overall status of the managed entity is red. Otherwise, if any of the alarms has a yellow status, the overall status of the managed entity is yellow. Otherwise, the overall status of the managed entity is green.


Parent of this entity.

This value is null for the root object.

permission*VcPermission []

List of permissions defined for this entity.
recentTask*VcTask []

The set of recent tasks operating on this managed entity. This is a subset of VcTaskManager belong to this entity. A task in this list could be in one of the four states: pending, running, success or error.

This property can be used to deduce intermediate power states for a virtual machine entity. For example, if the current powerState is "poweredOn" and there is a running task performing the "suspend" operation, then the virtual machine's intermediate state might be described as "suspending."

Most tasks (such as power operations) obtain exclusive access to the virtual machine, so it is unusual for this list to contain more than one running task. One exception, however, is the task of cloning a virtual machine.


returns the ManagedObjectReference of this ManagedObject

returns the parent SdkConnection

Properties of a network.
tag*VcTag []

The set of tags associated with this managed entity. Experimental. Subject to change.
triggeredAlarmState*VcAlarmState []

A set of alarm states for alarms triggered by this entity or by its descendants.

Triggered alarms are propagated up the inventory hierarchy so that a user can readily tell when a descendant has triggered an alarm.

value*VcCustomFieldValue []

List of custom field values. Each value uses a key to associate an instance of a VcCustomFieldStringValue with a custom field definition.

returns the parent SdkConnection (deprecated)

returns the type of this ManagedObject
vm*VcVirtualMachine []

Virtual machines using this network.
*May not be present


Methods defined in this Scripting Object
createTrigger, destroy_Task, destroyNetwork, reload, rename_Task, setCustomValue


Reload the entity state. Clients only need to call this method if they changed some external state that affects the service without using the Web service interface to perform the change. For example, hand-editing a virtual machine configuration file affects the configuration of the associated virtual machine but the service managing the virtual machine might not monitor the file for changes. In this case, after such an edit, a client would call "reload" on the associated virtual machine to ensure the service and its clients have current data for the virtual machine.



Return Value

Type Description


Renames this managed entity.

Any % (percent) character used in this name parameter must be escaped, unless it is used to start an escape sequence. Clients may also escape any other characters in this name parameter.

See VcManagedEntity



See VcManagedEntity

Return Value

Type Description


Destroys this object, deleting its contents and removing it from its parent folder (if any).

NOTE: The appropriate privilege must be held on the parent of the destroyed entity as well as the entity itself.

This method can throw one of several exceptions. The exact set of exceptions depends on the kind of entity that is being removed. See comments for each entity for more information on destroy behavior.



Return Value

Type Description


Assigns a value to a custom field. The setCustomValue method requires whichever updatePrivilege is defined as one of the VcCustomFieldDef for the CustomFieldDef whose value is being changed.



The name of the field whose value is to be updated.

Value to be assigned to the custom field.

Return Value

Type Description



Removes a network. A network can be removed only if it is not used by any host or virtual machine.



Return Value

Type Description


Create a trigger from this ManagedObject



Waiting timout in seconds

The monitored vCenter API filter

The condition in OGNL language

The vCenter API filter used to synchronize the content of the session
*Need not be set

Return Value

Type Description