Viewing a Summary of the ESXi Hypervisor's Virtual Machines and Virtual Machine Templates

The VMs/Templates tab displays summary information about the virtual machines and virtual machine templates that are contained on the selected ESXi hypervisor.

You can customize the way information is displayed within this pane. See Customizing the Column Headers for information.


Power on

See Performing Actions on Virtual Machines.

Power off

See Performing Actions on Virtual Machines.


Enables you to search for virtual machines contained on the tab. To initiate a search you simply type the search criteria in the Search box. Only those virtual machines that match the search criteria are displayed; all other virtual machines are hidden.

  • The Search tool works only on the information currently visible on the tab.

  • The search will be performed on all information on the tab, not just the VM Name column.

  • All partial matches are displayed. For example, if you search for virtual machines named Test, any virtual machine with "test" in its name will be considered a match (e.g. TestVM1, Contest, etc.).

  • The use of wildcards in the Search tool is not allowed.

VM Name

The virtual machine name.

VMware Tools Version Status

VMware Tools is a suite of utilities that enhances the performance of the virtual machine's guest operating system and improves management of the virtual machine. This column identifies the version of VMware Tools currently in use on the virtual machine.

VMware Tools Running Status

Indicates if VMware Tools is running on the virtual machine.

Last Known Power State

The last known state of the virtual machine (Powered on, Powered off, or Suspended).


Indicates if the device is a virtual machine (VM) or a virtual machine template.


The number of Central Processing Unit (CPUs) available to the virtual machine.


The amount of memory (MB) allocated to the virtual machine.

Disk Size

The amount of disk space (GB) allocated to the virtual machine.

Operating System

The operating system being used on the virtual machine.

IP Address

The IP address of the virtual machine.


The name of the machine on the network that is hosting the virtual machine.