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Viewing the Virtual Machine Inventory in a Cloud Infrastructure


You might have many virtual machines (VMs) configured on a single host machine. Once you have discovered a cloud infrastructure in Network Director, the hosts, VMs, and virtual switches also come under the Network Director management. You can use the View Virtual Machine inventory task to view details of VMs.

You can also view the network connectivity of a VM with the host, virtual switch, and physical switch from the View Virtual Machine page.

View the Virtual Machine Inventory

To view the VM Inventory:

  1. While in Build mode with Datacenter View selected, do one of the following:
    • Click Inventory > View Virtual Machines from the Tasks pane to view details of all the VMs in your virtual network.

    • Select a hypervisor server in the View pane and click Inventory > View Virtual Machines from the Tasks pane to view details of VMs that belong to the selected server.

    • Select an overlay network in the View Overlay Networks page and click Show Virtual Machines.

    The View Virtual Machine page opens displaying the virtual machine inventory table.

  2. The View Virtual Machine page displays the details for all the virtual machines. Table 1 describes the fields in this table.

    Table 1: View Virtual Machines Page Field Descriptions




    Name assigned to the VM.

    IP Address

    IP address of the VM.

    Datacenter Name

    Name of the data center to which the VM belongs.

    MAC Address

    The MAC address of the VM.

    Host Name

    Name of the host on which the VM is running.

    Power Status

    Indicates if the VM is powered on or off.


    Name of the tenant that uses VM.

    Guest Operating System

    The operating system that is installed and running on the VM.

    Tag Names

    A label that is assigned to a virtual machine for easy identification. You can specify tags for virtual machines by using the vSphere user interface.

    Note: Tags are available only if your vCenter is running vShpere Version 6.0 or later.

  3. To view the network connectivity of a VM, select the VM and click View Connectivity.

    The Virtual Network Connectivity page opens, displaying the network connectivity and VLAN associations for the selected VM. For more details, see View Connections Between VMs and the Physical Network.

View Connections Between VMs and the Physical Network

For a given virtual machine, you can pictorially view the connections between the VM and the physical switch, using the Virtual Network Connectivity page. This view provides you a host of details that can be useful for monitoring the health and utilization of your virtual network and viewing the connection status, IP addresses and host names of the various virtual and physical devices in your network. You can mouse over the link from each virtual machine to view details of the association, including the virtual adapter name, port group name, virtual switch IP address, and so on.

To view the connections between the VMs and the physical network:

  1. Do one of the following:

    • From the View Virtual Machines page, select the virtual machine for which you want to view the connectivity and click View Connectivity.

    • While in Build mode with Logical or Datacenter View selected, select a network device or a switch from the View pane and click Connectivity > View Virtual Network Connectivity from the Tasks pane.

    Network Director displays the virtual network connectivity from the virtual machine to the network device or the switch in a new window.

Network Director displays the connectivity between the virtual machines to the physical network as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: View Cloud Infrastructure Connectivity
View Cloud Infrastructure

From the Connectivity page, you can:

  • Click the virtual NIC on a virtual machine to highlight the connection between the virtual machine and the physical switch. This connection is shown as traversing the connected virtual switch or a virtual distributed switch and the host before reaching the physical switch.

  • Click the physical NIC on the switch to highlight all the connections between the selected physical NIC and the virtual machines. The enroute host and virtual switch or a virtual distributed switch are also displayed.

  • View details about link aggregation groups, if configured. If you mouse over a LAG, Network Director displays the port and the LAG interface.

  • Mouse over the physical NIC, host, or a virtual machine to view the host name and the bandwidth utilization for the selected device. In addition to these details, the physical NIC and the host details also include the number of active alarms on that device. A colored dot that appears on the upper right corner of the physical switch or the host indicates that there are alarms on the device—the color of the dot identifies the severity level of the alarm. See Table 2 to know more about the alarm severity indicator for each alarm severity.

    Table 2: Alarm Severity Indicator

    Alarm Severity







    Devices might have alarms of different severities. Network Director displays the indicator based on the most severe alarm on a device. For example, if a device has 3 informational alarms and one major alarm, Network Director displays the indicator for the major alarm ().